Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz' dances beautifully with a purple leaved Heuchera and Sedum ('Purple Emperor'?)
The foliage of Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night' caught everyone's eye. Purple foliage with yellow orchid flowers? Fabulous!
When I saw the black nursery pots, I knew that Ms Rasp was my kind of gardener. Look, she even has tidy shelving to house her pot ghetto!
"Check out the greenhouse for the latest propagation experiment, and the fruit/vegetable are (all grown in containers.)"
A tomato choir on risers!
"Plenty of perennials are grown in containers too." More plants in pots. I'm in love!
As we were walking around, who should appear but our pals Linda and Tom Reeder from Linda Letters. Alison and I met Linda and Tom when we toured their garden a couple of years ago and have been fans of the garden the blog, and the people since then. You never know who you'll meet at open gardens!
This gargoyle is here to make sure that no one parks in his garage!
Linda works with metal, (probably did the cool rusty metal screens herself!) found this pipe on Craigslist and cut it up to meet her needs. Great drainage and under the eaves, a great spot for succulents
like these soon to be planted!
In the back garden there's space enough for the family's Great Danes to romp. The pergola was originally built with the idea that Mr and Mrs. Rasp would be married beneath it but since they couldn't fit two hundred fifty people into their back yard, it was never used for that purpose. The wisteria is dragging it down a bit (the pergola, not the marriage) and a reinforcement or rebuild is planned.
Love this huge obelisk as it looks like a monument in a graveyard.
Beds ready to be planted.
As we were leaving, we noticed a neighbor's huge expanse of lawn while admiring peonies in the Rasp garden. Mr. Rasp said the the non-gardening neighbors have given them permission to use their yard to expand their garden. Be still my heart. Don't let space envy get the best of you...here, look at something beautiful to calm yourself. Fatsia japonica variegata.
"The garden is a work inprogress, so stop by this year and again next year to see the changes."