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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sylvia and Ross's New Garden

About a year ago, Sylvia and Ross, co conspirators at Dig Nursery which we visited yesterday, sold their fabulous contemporary home and garden and moved to a turn of the century house.  It will be interesting to see how this dynamic couple with an eye and talent for the contemporary transform their new dwelling. The garden is also a work in progress.  Let's see what's happening.

The arches we saw being put together on the ground at an earlier visit are now in place.  I forgot to ask what the plan is for the area in the foreground

Here's another.  Love the gabion wall behind!

Great foliage combinations in this shady bed.

Schefflera delavayi, Mahonia gracilipes, and podophyllum pleianthum dance beautifully together.

Smaller specimens in front of the fine dark foliage of taxus.  Yew know yew love it!


Smoking is allowed in the garden if you're a cotinus.  Again with brilliant foliage combinations!





Arundo donax 'Variegata'  makes a statement wherever it's planted!

                        
Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark) 'Diabolo's' burgundy foliage makes a great partner for this orange dahlia!

That the Genista aetnensis  (Mt. Etna Broom) is blooming and the Lobelia tupa aren't shows that this visit took place several weeks ago!



I'm partial to dahlias with deep purple foliage.  What do you think?

Gorgeous Persicaria ne Polygonum.
 Gold, purple, and a little splash of orange.


Gold and purple echoed in another part of the garden with this beautiful aralia and ligularia.

No garden is complete without a Tetrapanax jungle, right?

With whatever Ross and Sylvia do, one can't wait to see what they'll do next!

20 comments:

  1. Great looking garden! I was wondering why they planted the Schefflera delavayi so close together. Do they know they can get 26 feet tall with equal spread?

    The fleece flower, Persicaria microcephala, is a very exotic looking plant. Even though it is a knotweed it doesn't spread like its big cousins growing along our streams and rivers.
    Thanks for the tour!
    John(Aberdeen)

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    1. Howdy John, Schefflera delavayi tops out at about 10 - 12 feet in these parts and takes a while to get there. Plant Delights says to expect a ten year old specimen to be about six feet tall. I think that they're looking for a medium canopy for the shade lovers planted beneath. Schefflera macrophylla, on the other hand can reach 26 feet. Unfortunately, it's not reliably hardy here and requires a greenhouse for the coldest part of winter.

      There are several cool and not thuggish Persicarias that are garden worthy like this one. Thanks for coming along on the tour and for commenting!

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  2. I love the Dahlias with dark foliage too! Thanks for this great look at their new garden. Do you need permission to check it out? It's right next door to the nursery, right?

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    1. It used to be open for shoppers to walk trough and the house had a retail store, but now is fenced along the back and has a sign that reads "Private." I asked.

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  3. They only moved in last year? Cool! The garden is shaping up very nicely and the planting looks a lot more mature than just a year with them tending to it. Looking forward to seeing the progress of their garden, and basing it on what they do on the nursery its going to be a great one.

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    1. One long border has been in place for a while as it is on the edge of the driveway into the nursery. Their previous garden, featured in quite a few magazines and on tours, was incredible!

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  4. I wondered about that house when we visited. Must be nice to just fall out of bed and into work! Great tour, thank you!

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    1. Nice commute alright. Has it's benefits and drawbacks I imagine. On the one hand, all that fabulous stuff at the nursery is also in your back yard; on the other hand, one would always be at work.

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  5. That house is going to be fantastic if the artistic gardens are any indication. They really put together marvelous and eye catching combinations

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    1. I'm always amazed at what this pair comes up with. It's a treat to see how they reinvent the nursery each year!

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  6. Something exciting is brewing in that garden....

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  7. Really interesting elements! I have always wanted to install a gabion somewhere. Theirs is amazing. I can't imagine what they are doing in the space in front. You will have to go back and find out : )

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    1. Believe me, I'm as curious as you and can't wait to see what happens next!

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  8. Wonderful combinations of plants, but what really captures my attention are the arches. Something miraculous is afoot, methinks.

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  9. I really excited to see the outcome of the garden with beautiful plants and blooming flowers. Hope you will post pictures here in your blog soon. I would be happy to see that!

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  10. The purple and chartreuse combinations are a favorite color scheme of mine. I guess part of the garden was already there when they bought the house, if it has only been a year? I'm hoping to see how the arch turns out some day. Fascinating garden!

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  11. They moved in a year ago and already have all that?! Wow! Those gabions are works of art, with the rock arranged just so, in flat planes, along the wire. Will the wire "cages" above head level be left empty? I can't imagine them being filled with rock. Such a bold look to build a monumental arbor out of wire cages like that. I'd love to see what else they do.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.