I really enjoyed this garden, one from the 2019 Fling in Colorado. Unfortunately my photos don't much back-up the experience.
Maybe because the front garden was so densely planted. Layers and layers of green with an occasional flower or spike.
Looking at these photos left me feeling good about my front garden though, which I know people find a little overwhelming. Too many plants! This makes my garden look sparse...
From our Fling materials: "I started with a typical front yard planted with bluegrass, a large crabapple, one topped honey locust, and a silver maple. Whereas the initial first year planting of 10,000 plants was watered overhead for establishment, subsequent plantings were started in tubelings and planted in late winter with no water applied then or thereafter. Almost all the seed for the plants was personally acquired in the field"
"I know of no other garden in Colorado devoted exclusively to dryland native plants and not supplementally watered—Jim Borland"
There was definitely a lot to look at in the garden.
In fact when I asked Mr. Borland about agaves, and why I wasn't seeing more of them in the Colorado gardens we'd visited, he mentioned a surprisingly large number he had growing in the garden. He admitted they were small, still, I missed them.
Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume
There's a corner of the house...
There were plants all along the deep overhang.
And several containers on the porch. Not all of them full of plants.
Working my way up the side of the garden (it was on a corner lot) things eventually opened up...
An Iris even!
I did find out the name of this shrub, which we saw in several gardens, of course I can't remember it now.
Here's the back garden. Quite the different look...
The semicircle doesn't appear to be used much, which is a shame, it's an interesting feature.
Those rings off the back of the house certainly grabbed my attention.
I have no idea what their actual use is...
But I want to grow vines up them.
They would hide the electrical equipment quite nicely.
Perhaps this lonicera could be trained?
Here was another interesting back-garden feature, a walk-in compost corner. Although truth be told it looks a little like it might collapse on you at any given moment.
A wide-angle look at the back of the house...
And then it was out to the front sidewalk and back on our bus...
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