Floral Patterns, Lace and Inspiring Black Plants

The Esterni Design Partnership vision is eclectic, restless and influenced by many disciplines and a miriad of images out there, and this post is all about connections between floral patterns (they continue to be a mainstay of textile design) and the real thing. The examples here come from my research as an artist and designer in textiles. There are fabulous connections between the names, forms and textures of the plants and the "original" textiles, and it is something that Esterni might use either in the layout of garden design or in planting plans that echo the repetition of forms in the textiles. So here goes.....

16th Century Venetian Gros Point Lace

William Morris watercolour design for a printed textile

The see through effect of the lace, where the empty spaces are important as the pattern, can be appreciated in a variety of plants and parterre patterns:

And now for some plants...The shiny silvery purple stars of the allium combine well with the matt purple brown of the elder, and the rosy hue of its white flowers.

A good self-seeding plant, reminiscent of the countryside, with tall white umbels of flowers appropriate for swathes of natural planting is

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

And lastly, a great small book, full of useful Black Plants, authored by Paul Bonine.