Plants with Attitude
Gardens with too much fluffy & pastel beauty are like cake with too much frosting: so sweet your teeth hurt. Frosting tastes best when the cake has attitude: unflinching contrasts of color & texture, along with a shocking detail or two. Sour-cream frosting for carrot cake? Yes, please—provided the cake itself is groaning with carrots, nuts, raisins, & coconut. Thank you, Dorie Greenspan.
The garden fairly bristles with happy-but-dangerously-fierce succulents. Never too soon to learn to look, not touch—and to start developing catholic tastes. A delphinium is beautiful—but so are bloodthirsty thorns.