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Forgo flowers
Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

Forgo flowers

Blossoms add vibrant color (attracting pollinators), but foliage catches your eye in a quieter way with contrasting textures. Tall flax, sturdy agaves, and fleshy Senecio mandraliscae grow next to fine-textured Boston ivy and groundcovers in André’s garden; the planting is simple and restful, yet interesting.


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