Saturday, November 5, 2011

A lesson in leaves

When I visited this garden on the KenTon Garden tour, the first thing I noticed was the exuberance and dense planting of the garden - which took up all of this small backyard, except for a looping pea-gravel path around the center island. I remember the garden being very colorful, but looking at the photos now, I see that the colors were mostly greens. But I now notice also that the gardener has a masterful touch with choosing leaf shapes and sizes and plant placement. She mixes plant heights, colors and leaf textures brilliantly. My biggest mistake, I make everytime, is planting things too close together. This is a jam-packed, but well-edited garden. And it's mostly shade!


I'm not big on religous statuary in gardens (I've seen it done so poorly in other gardens), but I have to say these few, and well-located statues, made of quality materials, looked great, appropriate and were integrated in the garden very well - not as afterthoughts. Even the wall hangings along the fence are tasteful. Simple brick edging is made nicer by using unique-shaped bricks. The easy-to-maintain pea-gravel path was a nice touch.

My only complaint about this garden -- there was no place for the owner to sit in it and enjoy it! But I have a feeling, from seeing the garden lights set up in what looked like strategic spots, that this garden is probably enjoyed as much from the home's windows day and night.






5 comments:

  1. Nowhere to sit! In a garden! I'd rather have one pot and somewhere to sit outside than a mile of dense planting and nowhere to pause properly . . . having said that - what I specially admire (because I can't do it myself) is being able make plants rank up in height like this. I also find that when, in theory, it's possible to make a big thing of a small garden - one is often snookered by the way walls and fences block off light. A small part of a big garden is so very much easier than an enclosed patch.

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  2. No where to sit-- as my daughter would say, "I know, right?" Looking at these pictures I am still very impressed with plant placement. It's a huge jigsaw puzzle with so many variables to get right to have such a healthy well laid out garden.

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  3. You plant things too close together, too? This is my mistake with bigger plants, but it's more difficult to make this mistake with small plants. I never found pea gravel "easy to maintain" - it ends up going all over the place.

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  4. Swimray,
    Even when I'm planting things too close together, I'm thinking that I should spread them apart more, but never do. It's a compulsion at this point. I really have to change my whole mindset about how to plant things. There must be a twelve-step program someplace. Her pea-gravel is contained between her brick edging and didn't seem to go all over the place, which I have seen in some friends' gardens.

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  5. If you find the 12 step program, let me know. I should probably sign up.

    (I think the garden is gorgeous, and as for a chair, grab a folding teak chair that you can put right in the path... I mean, why not?)

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