is our strong opinion that a garden that people remember is much more
easily created when plants are used that most of the garden visitors don't
recognize. That doesn't mean that all of the plants in the garden
have to be rare and unusual. But the effective use of unusual plants does
catch the eye and as a consequence makes a garden stick in the memory. I find it
interesting how in different areas certain plants seem to be used all of
the time, when they are almost never used here. Locally rare plants will
have just as big an impact on most garden viewers. Even an unusual
flower color on a relatively pedestrian plant can catch the eye.
When we can grow almost anything, it stands to reason that we should not
recreate the gardens of the local strip mall. Those strip malls are not
filled with bad
plants, just boring oft used ones. So plant a rare plant in your garden, make your
garden unique in your neighborhood. For the most part the unusual
plants are not any more difficult to grow than their more commonplace
relatives, just more fun.