The Lilyvilla Garden was featured on the front of the tour flyer and brochure, and got most of the local newspaper press. With good reason, as it had the best structure, plantings and personality of all the gardens. I’m not a big believer in the need for a garden gate as a formal entrance to a garden but this one is so well done I’d take it in a second. You enter the gate after climbing a short series of wide concrete steps from the sidewalk.
The plantings were fabulous.
I walked right by these tall Tetrapanax trees without even noticing them! Shame. Luckily my husband spotted them right away and called me back. There was another smaller one in a corner. The trunks were so substantial. Loved the simple rusted wire trellis for the Clematis to climb on.
There were several Caster Bean plants around the garden, and the Acanthus was a different variety for me, with dramatically cut leaves and sharp bits on the flower spikes.
I give the LilyVilla garden my Best in Show award! Of course the fact that it was totally my style of garden might make me just a little bias.
At the next garden we found simple plantings and a nice solid retaining wall with character.
Along with beautiful Flax.
Walking on to the next location we discovered this odd sight. Poor trees! Two of them were getting the treatment. I loved these tomato cages at the next garden.
And I got so excited when I saw these agave-like plants, they were perfect! This home was not part of the tour but I planned to find out exactly what these fabulous plants were and get their source!...
But as I got closer I realized they were “perfect” because they are FAKE, Plastic Plants!!! Who would do such a thing!?
As for the tour…the voyeur in me really enjoyed the snooping, and the amateur garden designer in me was left feeling like my garden looks pretty good after all! One might call that a win/win situation, if one used silly phrases like that.