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.