After seeing all the marvelous plants in the front garden I was very curious as to what I would discover around back…more of the same? An entirely different experience? Yes, and yes! It took me a few minutes to realize just how large the space was…it goes on forever. While a garden of this size is a dream, I can also imagine it would be a bit overwhelming too. How to break it into smaller intimate spaces? How to fill it with plants? (okay that part sounds fun…) I am not one for water features; they often end up looking like something that was incorporated simply so the gardener could say they have a water feature…but this! This is something entirely different. Wow. The land beyond the fountain and retaining wall… Looking back at the house. Even the tomatoes have a nice place to grow… What the? Oh ya! This is the area on the backside of the fountain. I love a surprise, especially when it includes Agaves! While the linear patterns of this planting are what catch your eye now just imagine once the Agaves grow up! Along the back of the house is another collection of plant treasures! What a wonderful garden, it was difficult to tear myself away! To me it seems the perfect mix of a plant lover who wants to try new things, and develop a wonderful plant collection, and an experienced and knowledgeable designer to give the space structure and guide the plant choices (and I pray as they are reading this they aren't cringing at my attempt to sum it up!).
There is a good chance this garden may be open next summer as part of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s open garden program for members. Of course you will want to go!