Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Romantic Country Garden


Today I have a romantic country garden to share with you.


This is a very rough plan of the garden. There are two quite spectacular views and a little courtyard garden at the front of the house I that I want to highlight in this post. 

A few of the pictures you may have seen before. Today I place them back in the context of the overall garden.


The back of the house looks out past two large topiaries to an open field and the valley beyond (as you can see in the next image).



And to the left of the house a series of pathways and steps take you to a terrace that overlooks a wooded ravine.



This would be a nice spot for a summer meal don't you think?


At the front of the house there is a flagstone courtyard filled with romantic pink roses. A set of stone steps leads you down and into the little courtyard.



At the top of the stone staircase there is a large bunch of Spotted Bellflower, Campanula punctata (Be warned: Clumps can spread vigorously!) and soft, feathery wands of blue Catmint, Nepeta.

Campanula punctata shining in the late afternoon sun. (Be warned: Clumps can spread vigorously!)


This image of the garden is a personal favourite.


The courtyard looking in the direction of the ravine.



Looking back the other way toward the large shed.



A little path leads you past the shed to the little glade that you may remember as part of my post on object placement.



The Fairy Rose, Polyantha, 'The Fairy'. Height: 60-90 cm. Spread 60-120 cm.  
Sadly it has no fragrance.


White Asiatic Lilies


I am going to make an educated guess that these are two varieties of Campanula carpatica, a short lived perennial that forms low, cushion shaped mounds of lavender or white flowers. Full sun. Height: 20-25 cm, Spread 20-30 cm.  Zones 2-9.



Special pieces of artwork can be found throughout the garden.


And so ends our tour.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely tour in a magnificant garden. The Fairy roses always look so romantic and delicate, another advantage is that they start flowering rather late : end of July/August but go on until frost arrives. We had no frost this winter, so they still have flowers. Not for long anymore, because due to the mild weather I have already started pruning. Indeed so sorry, no fragrance! I also like the paths of crazy pavements in this garden.

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  2. What a blessing to have a garden that opens to that great expanse! There are just so many components that are a feast for the eyes...and I now know I will be looking for a place to put white Lilies! Such an Inspirational garden and what I liked about it was the rich greens that enhance the backdrop! Awesome...you always have the best gardens to share and for that I say thank you! Lovely day to u friend! Nicole xo

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  3. What a beautiful place, Jennifer!
    My favorite part of it is the area near the shed.
    That shed is so perfect there, and lends such a wonderfully rustic touch.

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  4. Your gardens are stunning! Everything is so perfect - the views, flowers art work, what a wonderful place to have.
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with us.
    Mary

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  5. This garden is quite different than the ones you normally show and in such an unusual setting - I like the more informal nature of the planting. Lovely.

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  6. This is such a lovely garden. The blue campanula in the first photo is such a rich colour - very difficult to find a true blue in flowers. I recall a gardener who worked for the UBC gardens in Vancouver and who also had a television show back in the 80's was always so thrilled to find blue flowers. I suppose today they are more common but they haven't always been. (I wish I could remember his name.)

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  7. Not only is it romantic, it is also a dream garden. It is designed well and the waves of color are amazing.

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  8. A beautiful natural garden that looks as though it has all happened by itself, I think those are the most difficult to plant! A wonderful selection of plants so artfully arranged.

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  9. What a lovely garden! I like the flow and the selection of evergreen and perennial combinations. I always struggle with that combination. The art work is very tasteful as well! Thanks for the tour.

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  10. What a beautiful garden. I'm getting my flower fix here because it's still cold and dreary here with no flowers.

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  11. This is a wonderful garden with lots of room for plantings. I love the use of artwork in a garden.

    Eileen

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  12. Just gorgeous. A fantasy garden, in fact - what I dream of having. Then I wake up and get back to reality, which looks nothing like it!

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  13. Beautiful! I especially like the steps surrounded by flowers and the way the garden is designed around the stones.

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  14. I love this garden, and your pictures of it are amazingly beautiful.

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  15. Oh my gosh, that is so lush, and beautiful...you must have had the best time with the camera and all of those flowers.

    Jen

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  16. Thanks for the tour! The setting for the garden is idyllic. I think my favorite spot is the courtyard. I love all the Fairy roses, and I also would love to have lunch on that terrace overlooking the ravine!

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  17. This is a very pretty garden, Jen. Is is near Niagara Falls, ON? It looks familiar for some reason. I do love the art in the garden. The property is so inviting.

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    1. Donna this country property is near Port Perry, Ontario.

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    2. Is it possible for individuals to visit this garden? It's beautiful.

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    3. Unfortunately this is a private garden. It was open to the public as part of the Uxbridge Horticultural Society's garden tour a number of years ago. The only thing I could suggest is to try to make some arrangements to visit the garden through the horticultural society.

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    4. Thanks! Great suggestion.

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  18. Thankyou for a lovely tour around an interesting garden! I was especially interested to see 'The Fairy' making such an impact. I have a couple of young plants so it is really helpful to see how they look when they are more mature.

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  19. Wow, gorgeous - as well as the house itself, I´d love to live here! :-)

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  20. Thanks for taking us on this tour, Jennifer--what a lovely garden! All the pathways just invite exploring; I'm sure you enjoyed every minute of seeing what was around the next corner. Like Sarah, this is what I dream my garden might look like one day, but my reality doesn't even come close:)

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  21. You do realize how painful these photos are, right? All that green. And color! Oh my. Beautiful!

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  22. Hi Jennifer
    Some people have the LOVELIEST gardens and this is definitely one of them. Beautiful! Full of structure, sculpture and gorgeous flowers. Thank so much for the tour!

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  23. Yes, a summer meal would be very nice in this lovely garden, or anywhere at this point. Thanks for sharing this.

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  24. Oh, this has me sighing for summer, how lovely it would be to sit out there with a large glass of something chilled.
    I think I've spotted a ghost on your first shed picture! lol xxx

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  25. What a most interesting garden...so many features and vistas.

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