Friday, September 20, 2013
NATIVE IN NEW YORK
The NYBG definition of 'native plants' is fluid and somewhat confusing, in that the explanatory booklet cites "native plants of Northeastern North America" yet the stunning display of pitcher plants includes Sarracenia x areolta, labeled Alabama and Mississippi.
Among the trees, shrubs, ferns, and grasses, I was delighted to see this Eastern prickly-pear (Opuntia humifusa) growing in the crevice of a rock as if it had sprung up naturally and been there from birth. A brilliant placement.
And yes, I can understand that the designer might have wanted to prove that native plants can fit into even a contemporary garden but instead demonstrated the opposite.
photo. Or better yet, go see and judge for yourself.