Not everyone could warm up to the last gardens I showed, but for those who found those gardens too impersonal, I think this garden will fill the bill.
Although it was a good sized property, the garden was divided into a series of small rooms which added to the feeling of being secluded from the world at large. Everywhere there were little touches that made the garden feel romantic and special.
This is a fairly mature garden that was designed about 18 years ago. David Tomlinson did the design on the back garden and Tom Sparling designed the courtyard. Let's take a look, shall we:
Just off the kitchen of this heritage home is porch with Victorian detailing.
A pair of Redbuds provides dappled shade for the patio and table to the left of the porch steps.
The plantings to the right of the patio are very pretty. The homeowner is apparently an avid plantsman and you can really tell.
Isn't the lattice-covered fence nice?
Among the flowers there are lilies, dahlias, roses and annuals on either side of the patio.
A foxglove with a Japanese Maple as a backdrop.
As you proceed down the garden, you pass by a hedge of yews and
enter a room with a small circular pond.
Did you notice the garden tool in her hands?
A close-up of the doorway to the next room.
There was a nice layering of plant materials throughout.
I am not sure of the identification of the large-leafed plant on the left just above the hosta. Any ideas?
Update: We have an ID. The mystery plant is Peltiphyllum peltatum which Pauline says is sometimes known as Darmera. Thanks Pauline!
As I passed through the yew's doorway, I glancing back the way I had come.
The last room had a bit of a yellow theme.
Dogwood and a beautiful Maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatumnice
There was another seating area in this last room, but there were so many people milling around that
I could not get a good picture of it.
Love this. Sedum 'Sieboldii'
A rose covered arbor leads to the adjoining lot where there are raised vegetable beds
designed by Jack Staub of Hortulus Farm.
I don't have any white roses, which is a serious oversight. These are so delicate and pretty.
Even that which was not flawless seemed perfectly in place in this garden.