50 Natives : New York : Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree, Old Man’s Beard, Grancy Grey-beard) – Inspired by Design Mom

I am guest blogging this week at Design Mom, who is based in NYC. So with ‘Design Mom’ and ‘mom’s who are interested in design’ everywhere as my inspiration….I give you my latest native plant selection, New York and Chionanthus virginicus.

I seems to me that a native plant symbolic of mothers, should not be a perennial or a small plant, but rather something that is always there and a little bit bigger than life. Like a tree that stands the test of time and while constantly changing, doesn’t come and go with the seasons.
It should be approachable, not too big and perhaps multi-stemmed, because multi-stemmed trees seem, to me, to be able to envelope you and hold you.
It should have a slightly precious nature….in that it isn’t a dime a dozen sort of specimen, and it should be prized for its beauty and its instantly recognizable sweet scent. Of course, since it is a native plant, it will, by nature, be tough and resilient when needed.
And since we are talking about hip stylish moms…it needs to mix it up…no standard petaled flowers, we need interesting shape and pure edgy coolness mixed with classic beauty.

I think I have it…. what do you think?
Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree, Old Man’s Beard, Grancy Grey-beard)

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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