I recently made a trip to Minnesota to tour the American Hosta Society Convention gardens. I visited 12 fantastic gardens in varying parts of the state; all very different in style and taste. I loved every one of them and will share some of the photos in future posts.
Many of the garden owners had an appreciation for Clematis and grew a number of varieties. These same garden owners found or built a variety of tall structures for their Clematis to climb on. Most of these structures were seven or eight feet in height and added vertical structure to the garden.
Another must have for colder climates is the Martagon Lily. These lilies have green foliage that grows in whirls topped with generous blooms. These lilies make a great verticle statement in the garden as they grow at least six feet high. They love the shade and make the perfect companion plant for hostas. The Lilies will come up and bloom while the hostas are still flushing out.
I was very inspired by these towering plants and have plans to add all three of these to my garden to help create more vertical structure and interest.