In my last post, we finished off at the entrance to the one sunny pocket in the backyard garden.
Let's head under the arbor and look around.
Before we move away to explore the rest of the garden, I wanted to show you this
pretty, little Japanese birdbath.
I also want to point out the interesting way the gardener has managed to combine rock of different scales both in this bright, sunny corner and in other areas of the garden.
On the left, she has created a dry stream bed using river rock with a flagstone edging.
On the right, she has mixed flagstone with pea gravel to create a path. Pea gravel has a nice crunch under foot, but flagstone is easier to walk on. Assorted groundcovers soften and blend the edges of the path into the rest of the plantings.
And speaking of groundcovers...I like Creeping Jenny, but I always stress over its aggressive spread. This gardener obviously does not share my worry, because as you will notice, she has it planted throughout the garden.
It does make an interesting textural matt under this Japanese Maple doesn't it?
She had this Black Bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra planted in a partially buried pot (initially slow to spread, but be warned, it can also be invasive).
I love the skirt of ornamental grass that hides the pot.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Moving to the left, we enter an area of half-shade with dappled sunlight.
Among the flowering plants and shrubs are pink Astilbe and a number of hydrangeas.
As you can imagine, she waters both frequently!
In terms of foliage plants, the homeowner has planted a variety of hosta, heuchera and variegated Jacob's Ladder (see lower right corner two photos back).
There are also Ostrich Ferns toward the back of this flowerbed.
In the far corner of the garden, there are a number of mature trees and full shade conditions. Added to the combination of hosta and heuchera, there is a Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum on the left.
I am going to make a wild guess that the perennial on the right is a Heuchera,'Southern Comfort'.
Always pretty for shade: Siberian Bugloss, Brunnera macrophylla, 'Jack Frost'
I thought this was a fun idea. Hanging from the tree branches are several birdcages
with plant pots inside.
No room for a full-sized pond? Check this out! This pond was no bigger than a bucket.
I messed up this shot a little and missed the last word expressed in the sentiment on the
little pebbles in the foreground.
The rocks say, "Hello, have a nice day!" I pass that sentiment on to you.