A couple years into Sean leaving his old garden behind and I've finally come to terms with it all. I loved that garden. So many wonderful events happened there over the years. I wrote about it quite a few times—here, here and here, for example—but have only done one, very brief, post about his new garden. It's time...
This is the front courtyard, just to the side of the driveway (the driveway is visible in the photo above).
So much has already changed from the before, to the now. I wish I'd taken photos and saved them. Garden progress can be slow, but sometimes there are leaps, like when you can bring in mature Yucca rostrata.
The front of the house...
Everything you see here is new. Well, not the house, but the paint, most certainly the plants, the gravel, the pavers, the deck...
Pittosporum x ‘Sappy’ and Shefflera
Now we're standing on the other side of the courtyard fence looking roughly towards the front door, since it's in the shadows it's hidden. All those little plants in the foreground are newly planted. There are a lot of arctostaphylos out there...
Another view. The land around the home used to be choked with trees and shrubs, an overgrown and uninspiring (to me) arboretum. I am so excited to watch these plants take hold.
A few of the mature trees stayed. Don't they look wonderful against the blue sky?
That gravel pathway leads to a large graveled open space off the back of the house. The bench you can see about mid-photo is actually a lounge.
Several magnolia were allowed to stay...
...and mature trachycarpus were moved in.
I adore that fountain. It's not really Sean's style but he's keeping it. I expect it will be planted up sometime soon.
Several other palms have been planted around the back gravel "patio"/gathering space. Unfortunately I can't ID them.
Nor can I ID this mahonia...but isn't it beautiful?
With super cool leaves...
This area, on the side of the house, was one of the first planted. It's already showing off Sean's cramscaping style.
Pseudopanax crassifolius, I believe.
This paring of Chief Joseph and the yucca seems so right... (and reminds me of this drive-by garden).
Okay, it's time to look at the desert island that greets you when you approach Ranco Cistus, which was the subject of my earlier post on the garden last summer...
It's just so damn fabulous!
I stand and stare and think I've taken it all in, but then I shift my eyes and see something that wasn't there just moments earlier.
With maybe just a few exceptions everything you see was in place all through last winter, which wasn't especially cold, but January was rather wet.
Mangave some somebody...
And how fabulous there are a few ferns tucked in too, desert ferns!
With the house in the background...
Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'
Puya berteroniana, a collection from high elevation in central Chile
Those orange spines catch the light wonderfully.
I hope you enjoyed this garden tour and I look forward to sharing more as the garden matures and changes.
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