So started a Facebook post from my fellow Portland gardener and blogger Matthew Hubbard. He shared a few photos and I begged for the location, I had to see this garden for myself...
Unfortuantely when I was driving nearby and remembered to stop, I discovered I'd left my camera at home, iPhone to the rescue!
The Agave ovatifolia are what Matthew called out in his FB post, and both are amazing—but there is so much more to love here...like a few palms (Trachycarpus wagnerianus I'm guessing) and at least eight Agave parryi.
And these two large, trunking, guys...
Oh, and also several spiky opuntia...
I bet seeing the agapanthus in bloom with all the spikes adds a nice color to the mix.
Everything is tucked away behind a short, but substantial hedge.
I wish I knew the story behind this garden. How long has it been here? What did they do to prep the soil?
Looks like those agapanthus were super dark blue.
The mix of gravel and rock is quite fabulous, and unusual for Portland, at least in my experience.
There's the largest Agave ovatifolia, isn't it gorgeous?
The garden next door caught my eye...
It's not as "all out spiky," but still rather inspiring.
I have no idea if I'm correct, but I want to call the conifer Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Ice'.
It was pretty fabulous and looks like it's been taken care of (pruned well) over the years.
The line of Cupressus sempervirens (again, I'm guessing) along the sidewalk were also impressive.
And then there's the grass...you'd better like plants brushing your body to walk up to this front door.
Looks like you'll be rewarded with a lush little Yucca linearifolia if you do make the trip.
Looking back at the garden that brought me...
I wonder if there was vandalism after planting and that's why the hedge?
Super tidy palm...
And btw, that hedge was approximately 33" tall (measured with my hip), so I am guessing the agave is about 40"? Wow...thanks Matthew for finding (and sharing) this gem.
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