Last week was that difficult week in the summer garden when all the dramatic late-spring/early summer blooms have quit, leaving you to enjoy texture and foliage colour. However, this week new things are budding out, so, while I wait for my helpers to put up some “before-and-afters” in my “Gallery” of recent garden designs, I will share some news from around my own garden.
For one thing, my Black Walnut garden has evolved:
Hosta “Big Mama” is more like Hosta “Little, Frantically-Reproducing Mama” under the Black Walnut trees, where she is a tiny fraction of her size elsewhere (if you can see the small hostas in the two previous pictures), and spreads tiny offspring everywhere. On the other hand, “Big Mama” does not even look like the same variety when grown in a location she likes, and does not produce randomly scattered offspring:
I am loving blue and gold combinations right now, although it isn’t my primary colour scheme:
Texture and foliage colour provide constant interest and are especially appreciated when the garden is in between blossoms:
The garden framing the front view from the road:
I am lucky to have mature trees to make everything look relaxed and “settled”.
A garden path view:
Below, a newly-revised section of the garden that has a more structured flavour than my usual style. Pee Gee Hydrangeas and what is hopefully a seedling of “Fat Albert” Blue Spruce have been planted behind boxwood to provide some screening from the lot next door, which has heretofore been vacant but will not be for much longer.
. . . and here are some of the individual stars of the July performance:
That’s a quick overview of my garden this week. Please check back and have a look at my Gallery as it gets updated with recent, new gardens I have designed for other properties.