In the words of Cindy as published in the NPA guide, "Froggsong garden, a three-acre [Other sources say twelve acres.] estate garden, is a blend of formal and informal design. A rose pergola, roundel garden, parterre garden and knot garden share a space that frames and defines the senses. I call this type of garden 'Northwest Formal,' a mixture of defined, structured areas that are relaxed by the casual disorder of perennial cottage gardening."
This garden has an interesting juxtaposition of styles sort of like throwing a formal garden, billowing perennial borders, and a woodland into a blender, mixing it up, and having Picasso sort it out.
On entering the garden, one might not suspect what surprises await. Like a chef garnishing a dish with a little of what might be expected flavor-wise from a creation, we get a small clue of the mix inside this garden with the formal evergreen hedge, acer palmatum, and free flowing hakenechloa.
Here's a closer view. Cindy is a retired elementary school teacher. I bet her classroom was full of fun surprises.
Hey look, a pot. Looks like plants that we just saw at DIG. Hmmm...coincidence? I don't think so.
This view begs for a focal point at the end to draw us on. Instead we have the mystery of the woods.
A mix of gold and white variegated foliage.
Here we have a couple of neatly clipped box hedges looking like parentheses holding back side conversations. (Works for me.)
Love this shade of blue here. It's echoed in the hosta in the foreground and spruce behind and contrasted with golden foliage on the left and the purple to the right.
An area with formally trimmed box but with an informal free-form shape. do you want to explore ? There's a dead end. What might draw you in here? Many questions.
Froggsong has an abundance of beautifully framed vignettes.
The rose pergola from the side.
The climbing roses were removed because their canes became too much trouble.
Here's another example of Cindy's unique style. This stream starts higher up and cascades down a naturalistic looking fall into this pond where it suddenly hits this very man-made looking rill.
That runs past relaxed foliage on the left and uber formal knot garden on the right.
Knot on the left formal circle center containing not a lollypop trimmed tree but something allowed to grow freely. Notice the spherically trimmed box on the right that provides balance.
My favorite part of the garden is this natural looking pond and marsh area with weeping willow trees.
More old fashioned formality but with a contemporary center. Instead of being surrounded by formal hedges, the hundred-year old doug firs are the background.
Love this container with the cascading grevillea!
The potager also has an echium and lilies.
Love the white variegated tree with fine foliage and the large white variegated hosta beneath. Notice the partial formally trimmed box shrub on the left.
Stunning view! I love the look of weeping willow trees! The fabulous foliage colors and shapes here are stunning! The bisecting line of boxwood spheres, the fireworks of the phormium. Sigh.
Round the back of the house is this sweet building that contains a sauna, there's a hot tub nearby and in the background, you can see the glass doors of the huge shower which can also be entered from the master bath.
That's Corsican mint all round the path. The fragrance was divine but imagine tiptoeing through this from hot tub to shower. It's a beautiful set up but I have to admit to wanting solid walls around me when nekkid. (The world breathes a collective sigh of relief!0
Heading back through the front path, we're off to our next stop!