Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Tale Of Four Gardens - Part One


It was one of the cooler days we have had this summer when we decided to go on a garden walk sponsored by our local hospital's Wellness House.  By cooler, I mean in the low 80's in August, what could possibly be left to see after the heat we have experienced this summer?

The first garden is on a large property and divided into several outdoor rooms.

This pathway really displays the importance of a focal point and directing your eyes not only forward but from side to side.

Boxwood is used extensively in this garden to create the rooms within one very large garden.

Containers are placed throughout the borders with pedestals and statuary.

Sedum is used as a groundcover in this topiary container.

The use of seating in a garden is important in that it is a welcome to come and relax and enjoy.

A clear glass dining table with basket weave iron chairs, great small plantings and decor on table

Structures can be purposeful but also add interest in the fall and winter garden.

The birdhouses are permanent structures in the garden.

The header is a photo of one area in this garden.


The next garden is a very small one, deep but narrow.  It is just as interesting what you can do in a small space.

Every inch of space is used in this garden.
This is one of the best specimens of a climbing hydrangea that I have ever seen trained along the wall that runs along the back garden.
It is beginning to look very Williamsburg to me!
A grass and stone patio, difficult to keep green this summer.
Interesting use of the double boxwood hedge as a frame for the tuteur and containers
The hydrangeas are supported by the limbed up multi-stemmed tree and by other plantings in front of them like azaleas and large hostas.
Even a seating area has been tucked into the back of this colorful border.
Again, boxwood is used extensively in this small garden, doing well containing the plantings in the border.
The garden shed is not only beautiful but keeps the tools for this wonderful garden.
Even as you approach or leave the back garden the garage tells you that it is a gardener who lives here!