Friday, February 4, 2011

Another local garden with lots of winter interest…

I walk by this garden almost daily, it looks great no matter the season. Of course one of the biggest differences between this winter interest garden and the one I shared a couple of weeks ago is this one has a lawn. In high summer, the lawn is allowed to go dormant and turns “Portland gold” … being a lover of a green lawn I prefer it now. The photo tour starts at the north end and works south. So many evergreens and established structural plants. I’ve never really understood the fuss over Nandina, finally I get it. It’s beautiful in this garden. To me this garden is quintessential Pacific Northwest Style.


  1. Is that Euphorbia wolfenii in the garden? We get Nandina here, I think it is in every garden. It is like ice in a cocktail.

  2. Whatever style you want to call it is fine. I call it nice! So manicured and not a weed in sight. Nandina does need to be used in just the right place for it to draw attention.

  3. Yes, very PNW, and wow, how great it looks in Feb, unlike the stupendous crappiness of my own garden !

    ...and by the way , spell check was determined to change 'crappiness' to 'happiness'..I love a positive mental attitude.

  4. And neat as a pin. Nandina, like most plants has its place, doesn't it? I concur. This garden is amazing.

  5. In the next to last picture, what's the nice bright blast of red, just below the nandina?

    I've been staring at my winter garden/mess and planning for some new bones for it to grow on....

  6. it is impressive how the lines, textures and even colors stand out in the dead of winter!

  7. This IS certainly NW garden style personified and they get major points for tidiness. I love that combination of the Hinoki cypress backing the striped yucca and the black mondo grass. And I want some of those great red berries on our Nandina - I think ours get too little sun.

    I bet this garden doesn't change a lot during the warm months, except the addition of leaves on those Japanese maples. Do they add a bunch of annuals at the fronts of the beds in summer? (hoping not...)

  8. Les, I believe it is. They always look fabulous, I believe because they are protected from the cold wind and the homeowner keeps them trimmed. I love your "ice in a cocktail" analogy, I'll be using it.

    Darla, you're right about that...and it always looks like that too!

    ks, "stupendous crappiness" is almost as good as Les' "ice in a cocktail!!"... (for me spell check wanted to change it to "creepiness")

    Grace, I never would have thought it but this garden proves it.

    Meg S, that's the berries on more Nandina. I need new bones too!

    Laguna, I walked by today when the sun was out and it shines then too!

    MulchMaid, not a single annual!

  9. Here in Atlanta, we get plentiful berries on nandina, even on plants that get no sun. But then the berries kill cedar waxwings, and the plants are so invasive and hard to kill. :(


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