This part of the garden was just as I'd pictured it in my mind but I'd not realized that it was visible from the street. The gabions are topped by cool shallow bowls of succulents in the summer. I got to visit them in their winter digs inside.
I'm envious of Alison's spotless Yucca gloriosa 'Walbristar.' Her secret? "I cut off the leaves with spots." What a concept!
The color of this orange sedge is glorious. Carex testacea I'm guessing.
Alison made these gabion spheres and the smaller concrete sphere. A creative and groovy use of rocks found in her beds.
Red sempervivum looking quite dapper surrounded by the wet gravel.
The part about Alison's garden that surprised me most was what's behind this gate. Rock, wood, open metal work and stained glass - ooh la la! What a winning combination. Someday when my garden grows up I'd like to have something similar!
The big surprise behind the gate was this water feature. I've seen it before in many of Alison's posts but never realized quite how large it is. In looking at my own picture, the size seems to be lost somehow. Perhaps the angle of the stream doesn't read well in pictures but this is an impressive and beautiful corner of the garden.
Here is some of Barbara Sanderson's work (Glass Gardens Northwest.)
At the head of the stream is this lovely waterfall.
From the walk close to the house looking back.
A gravel pathway wends up behind the waterfall. Notice how beautifully cleaned those beds look!
This is a bed that Alison ripped out and re arranged a few weeks ago. Someone who lives in my garden was looking over my shoulder at these pictures and remarked about how nice and tidy everything looks. Fortunately we saved those crutches... Seriously though, Alison's garden is incredible and while fairly new, it reflects the fun personality, plant knowledge/interest, and hard work of the gardener.
Great re-use of plastic berry containers as nicely vented cloches.
Love the garden sphere!
Dry streambed doubles as an access path - brilliant!
I'd not seen this filipendula with purple in the leaves - very pretty!
Dicentra 'Gold Heart' looking especially nice as it glows even in the rain.
And from the other side.
The bottle tree must be at least eight feet tall and quite at home among the firs.
Truly wonderful potting space. There is a hose directly to the right of this making it very convenient to wash pots, hands, etc.
Clearly, Alsion also enjoys propagating plants.
Just past the bottle tree, we come to another fence whose gate we pass through to see the side garden (we are now opposite the gravel/gabion garden but this side is much larger than the other. These are the huge trees that Alison had put in last fall after digging that whole area out.
Bonnie Lassie to see what she's doing next. Thanks, Alison, for sharing your garden with me and for another fun Saturday of plant shopping! It's always fun to make new garden friends and to shop with the obsessed!