Meet Dan. He's a tireless activist in the town of Takoma, most recently for sustainable city management. Yes, a liberal do-gooder and I say thank god someone will sit through all those meetings so the rest of us don't have to. Seriously.
Readers, here's your job if you choose to accept it: Pick some plants that would go with these colors. Beyond your basic green, what? I'm thinking conifers and ornamental grasses but what about something flowering? These look like Western colors to me and I'm a true-blue easterner. I've thought of exactly one so far - sedum 'Autumn Joy' - which I think would look good and be easy. But what about the easy-care shrub roses I was thinking about for Dan, or the equally easy spireas? I'm stuck.
(God, you should see the "dirt" that our chosen plants would be subjected to. It's typical construction site clay&rubble and they usually just leave it there, with sod on top, but not this time. I suggested 6 inches of real topsoil - what do you think?)
The site consists of three smallish areas (sorry - I'll try to get some dimensions), all of which get afternoon sun, or will for the first 10 years or so until the new street trees he'll be planting really produce some shade. So yes it'll be a slowly evolving garden, like all real ones. The colors were chosen by local colorist Zoe Kyriacos, who's enlivening our little town one building at a time. Here's a shot of Zoe and me on site.
And why are we helping Dan? Well, you're helping him because he's such a good guy and you're all nice people. Me, I'm helping Dan because he and I have a barter thing going and he's a computer expert. YES! Oh, and that part about him being a good guy.