My son and daughter in law moved into an authentic craftsman house. They have
2 urns on the front steps. They would like me to plant the urns in the spring
with plants authentic to the late 1920s and that will grow in a shady location.
Can anybody help me on this? The house is located in Dayton, zone 5 or 6.
Marilyn in Ohio
By 'Craftsman', are you referring to a house built in the Arts & Crafts
Regardless, there are no plants specifically associated with architectural
styles. I would recommend doing some research into the house and seeing if
you can come up with older photographs depicting what the original residents
planted. Local libraries, historical societies, older neighbors (or their
children), and even the local newspaper are good sources.
Attempting to recreate the vegetation in the planters falls under the
'Historic Preservation' bugaboo of 'what exactly are we trying to preserve?'
By that I mean, are you 'freezing' the house at a particular year, or simply
trying to evoke the mood the original residents set with their plantings?
It's a fun project, good luck with it!
There is a book on the gardens that Frank Llyod Wright designed to go with
his homes - it's Wrightscapes and it is on Amazon.
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I think he/she is refering to a Craftsman pre-fab that you could have
bought from a Sears catalog in that era. Although why a build-it
-yourself home would have some particular plants associated with them is
Perhaps the OP could check out an ooooooooooolllllllllddddddddddddd Sears
catalog and find if/what kind/varieties of plants were available from them
at that time.
I may have spoken in haste with regard to my earlier statement.
Traditionally, certain shrubs *have* been associated with architectural
styles, however these trees/shrubs owe more to the generally accepted rules
of garden design which coincide with the architectural movement. For
example, garden design associated with the Georgian style (which is
bilaterally symmetrical) would also be bilaterally symmetrical, and thus
plants which are extremely amenable to tight control are associated with
these gardens (Buxus, Taxus, etc.)
The Arts & Crafts (or perhaps, more accurately, the 'Bungalow' style of
architecture was in many ways a discarding of the style which preceded it,
and thus the tight control and use of exotics in the garden were also
discarded. The Bungalow owner eschewed excessive ornamentation in favor of
the native landscape, always mindful of the natural views around the home.
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If you really want to do it right, you should consider the plantings
and other features nearby, as Arts and Crafts gardens at their best
are a sort of effortless-looking integrated whole more than a show of
individual specimen plants.
I'd consider camellias, which are good container plants, thrive in
shade, will not outgrow their space for many years, and are solid
backing for other plants when they're not in bloom. Whether the
hardiest camellias would still be a risk in Dayton, I don't know.
You can try Bisgrove and Lawson, "The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll", or
Jekyll and Weaver, "Arts and Crafts Gardens", for lots of ideas.
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