Last August, when my garden was open for the Green on Green tour, I got to chatting with a nice fellow who knew all the cool plants. Turns out he was the friend of a friend and planned to open his garden through the HPSO this summer...I made a mental note to attend.
Can you imagine having a front garden so tiny? It's basically a hellstrip!
Thank goodness there's a nice side-garden
I was sure to take a photo of the label on this lily. Only all I manged to capture were the words "Lilium orientalis"...that doesn't help! ***UPDATE: Lilium orientalis ‘Fleurise’***
I like how it manages to work in the slightest hint of orange.
I do love the cramscaping. When you've only got what, 6 feet (?), to work with you really have to make it all count — and they have.
Headed down the steep side yard towards the back garden. This is not an easy site on which to garden, things drop off quickly at the back of the house.
I thought this guy was the official greeter but he remained rather quiet.
It wasn't until the end of my visit that I went up on the deck to have a look, but in order to give you a better idea of the overall space I thought I'd start our tour there.
Looking down to the left. See the fellow standing below the bananas pointing up? He's on a second planting level beneath the one you see here, on the other side of him the land drops off again. Oh and he's also the man responsible for this amazing garden.
Looking a little to the right, now you can better see the level he was standing on — as well as the drop off on the other side of the palms and red bananas.
A little more to the right...
And the last shot from above. Gorgeous!
Time to explore!
While I was there another visitor commented she was worried about the eventual size of the three Senecio greyi along the edge of this border. Ya I suppose theoretically they could become a problem but I appreciate the "plant now, worry later," style (that's the way I garden!). Besides in chatting with the Laufenberg half of the duo I learned she frequently cuts from the garden for arrangements and this foliage works so well in a vase.
Mr. Morgan has a love for variegation and combines plants that could be jarring — to instead bring out the best qualities in both.
Continuing straight along the back of the house...
Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'
One of several Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'.
Daphne × burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight' (I think ?).
Now I'm standing under the covered deck you saw from above.
And admiring the wonderful scissor collection! (yes, okay, and the Agave too)
This is the lower pathway I pointed out earlier.
Isn't the repeated color and texture fabulous?
I can't remember which bamboo this is but it's kind of soft and fuzzy.
One of the bananas had flowered and fruit was forming, my photo of it didn't turn out.
See, they've got all the cool plants! Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'...
I hope my photos managed to convey the amazing beauty of this garden. Not only were the plants all happy and healthy (and so perfectly combined) but the entire place was immaculate! I'm so glad I was able to visit, thank you for opening your garden!
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