I am always on the lookout for gardens that are unique and original.
Today, I want to share with you the garden of a local homeowner who has managed to use traditional boxwood hedges in an interesting and contemporary way.
In compliment to the clean, modern lines of the house, the sweeping curves of boxwood hedging frame the plantings and give them a pleasing sense of order.
Three statuesque bunches of Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
stand at the top of the front garden.
Here you can see the garden straight-on. On the garden's outer perimeter, a curved line of stone pavers delineates the flowerbed's outside edge and separates it from the lawn.
One great thing about boxwood hedging is that its evergreen. When the perennials die back to the ground in late fall, the green hedges will still add interest and structure throughout the long Canadian winter.
Plantings in the front garden include a range of geraniums, sedum, heuchera, stonecrop, poppy, spirea, alliums, and even some tomatoes. My picture isn't the best, but those are tomatoes to the left.
A passageway between the house and garage leads to the backyard. Here, there is a stone patio with an overhanging pergola.
Mature trees mean that there is more shade in the back garden:
perfect for the mix of hostas that you see here (with a peony in behind them).
A standout feature of the back garden is this bench and pergola.
Here is the view of this little seating area and the garden in front of it
as seen from the centre of the yard.
Again, a curved line of boxwood hedging is employed at the back of the house.
A path of stone pavers leads visitors to a shaded table and chairs.
What a nice place to sit on a hot summer's day!