This is the first part of a series on this garden including Using Retaining Walls and Stonework, Looking a Little Closer, The Storybook Woodland, and The Many Gardens Rolled into One.
There is so much to learn from landscaping on a slope and dealing with an abundance of shade in this garden. As you know, I like to show the long views of a garden first because you cannot get a sense of it unless you see it in context. Too many folks take tight shots of their own gardens and the viewer can never get an idea what the garden entails. After we see the big picture, then we look a little closer at how plants and ornament support the design. So let’s start our overview tour…
You can get a sense of how steep this garden is as we go down the stairs. Here we go…
You will see more or the shady woods in this series coming up, but have a look at what is growing well in the terraced beds. Take a look at the retaining walls, they are an integral part of this design. They form the structure of the gardens and delineate paths. They have done something properly in this garden often done incorrectly. See how the path is almost a level walking surface, as ensured by the retaining walls. The walls absorb the grade change, and when the path does incline as it enters the natural areas, the wall height adjusts until to disappears into the landscape, keeping the accent very gentle. I can show this in an architectural drawing if you would like.
The stone and shingle architecture suits the site where it is located and that is a very important detail of good design. See the first floor and foundation of the home? It is stone and the walls repeat this gesture of the architecture.
One of the many cutting gardens, you will see more later. See how it is planted to continue the bloom long into summer? Also note here the tall backdrop. Like a hedge, it makes the garden itself a bit more intimate by enclosure. It gives the space structure and presence.
The gardens are all heavily planted with an abundance of textural interest. A combination of groundcover, shrubs, perennials and trees make up the vignette.
More on the pond coming, but these two views give a sense of siting and use of retaining walls.
I know it looks as if I was having a private tour, but I was part of the Garden Bloggers Fling in North Carolina. So here are the peeps…
Everything is big in this garden, especially the trees. The magnificent Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, anchor the gardens.
The pond is an integral feature, so let us take a few more looks. I just happen to like happy frogs, and this view showcases the frog as I zoom in and out.
Now how can any real frog not think this is froggy paradise? More on him later in the closeup post.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and looked carefully at the design to help you make better plans on your own design. Please stop back for the rest of the series and a bit more on why this garden works.
Added to this post…I wanted to let my readers know that I have been very ill with pneumonia. Since I just got over the flu, I was very prone to further getting sick. I have a condition that makes me very prone to serious complications from any bug I may come in contact.
These posts are prepared, scheduled and auto loading, so you will not be hearing from me in comments or on blogs for a couple of weeks. I will add this message to all auto-loading, scheduled posts in the coming weeks.
I hope you can understand, and I appreciate your comments. I am very sorry that I can not reply or stop in on your posts, as I am bedridden and too sick to be on the computer much more than checking email once a day. I hope you will still keep up with GWGT and the series from the Garden Bloggers Fling.