As a new gardener, you may be wondering why we often plant in groups of odd numbers in the garden. Not only does it create a sense of rhythm and repetition, but it also makes for a more dynamic planting. By using multiples of the same plant, we can create a cohesive and intentional design that highlights the beauty of each individual plant.
One example of a garden that uses multiples of the same plant is The High Line in New York City, designed by James Corner Field Operations and Piet Oudolf. The planting design features mass plantings of grasses, perennials, and shrubs in a naturalistic style that mimics the surrounding landscape. The use of multiples of the same plant creates a harmonious and cohesive planting that is both beautiful and functional.
Another example is Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania, which uses repetition and mass plantings to create stunning garden rooms that are both serene and playful. The Ruin Garden, for example, features a mass planting of white Japanese Anemones that create a dreamy and ethereal atmosphere. The use of odd-numbered groupings of the same plant creates a sense of continuity and flow throughout the garden.
In addition to the benefits of odd-numbered group plantings mentioned above, our perennial-based merch boxes at Natchez Glen House contain three of each plant in the collection for a specific reason. By providing multiples of the same plant, we encourage gardeners to create dynamic and cohesive compositions in their gardens. Just as a group of odd-numbered plants creates a sense of balance and harmony, planting multiples of the same plant creates a sense of unity and rhythm. With three of each plant, you can create striking patterns and designs that add interest and beauty to your garden. Plus, having multiples of the same plant allows you to experiment with different placements and groupings, giving you more opportunities to showcase their unique features and create a truly stunning display.
In summary, using multiples of the same plant in odd-numbered groupings can create a beautiful and intentional planting that highlights the beauty of each individual plant while creating a cohesive design. So don't be afraid to plant in groups of three, five, or seven - it may just be the key to unlocking the full potential of your garden design.