Gardeners often focus on growing flowers, but great gardens are about more than pretty flowers in bloom.
In her lovely garden, Heather Bradley has woven together a rich tapestry using shape, color and texture. Flowers are not the focus. They are just one of the many elements.
There is always some color throughout the summer from flowering groundcovers, perennials and varied foliage, but the primary palette is green. Does that make the garden less interesting? No, not in the slightest! If anything the carefully considered and selective palette makes the garden seem tranquil and serene. You literally find yourself slowing down to take in the interesting play of color, texture and shape.
As you will see, the garden is beautifully laid out. Moss covered paths meander throughout. Mature trees form the backdrop and allow just enough sunlight through for the evergreens and a wide range of perennials to flourish. The plantings include Japanese Maples, Brunnera, Jack-in-the-Pulpits, Clematis, Trilliums, hosta and a variety of ferns.
Let's head right into the back garden and take a walk around.
"Without exception, people say when they walk into the backyard that it is calming and peaceful just like a retreat.", says Heather Bradley.
The interesting combination of a lime colored hosta and a Japanese Painted Fern
Fresh lime green buds accent this Weeping Hemlock.
A moss covered pathway leads further into the garden.
Here you see a nice mix of perennails, evergreens and groundcovers including a Dwarf Hinoki False Cypress in the foreground right, a Dwarf Nest Spruce (middle of the back row) and a Cotton Easter (in the back row on the right).
Picture on the left: Pachysandra with European Ginger on the right hand side. Picture on the right: In the foreground, there are the tiny star shaped leaves of Sweet Woodruff. On the left, there are the larger leaves of Lady's Mantel. In the background, you can see a Blue Juniper Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'.
Heather's patches of Sweet Woodruff were not in bloom on the day of my visit, but this is what it looks like in bloom. The flowers have a lovely vanilla scent. Sweet Woodruff spreads quickly and so you will want plant it in an area where its creeping expansion will not be a problem.
The interesting combination of European Ginger top left and a Euonymus
Japonicus Aureomarginatus in the foreground.
The tall tree with deep burgundy leaves in the middle foreground right is a weeping Copper Beach. A lacy Japanese Maple and a Mugho Pine make add to this interesting grouping. (They can be seen just in front of the Copper Beach.)
Stonecrop covers the foreground. On the middle left there is Box, a Japanese
Maple with a Mugho Pine just behind it.
Today, I am going to link to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other beautiful gardens in bloom, please click the links.