Another gem on the 2012 Gardens of the Beach garden tour, this city garden demonstrates a graphic designer’s eye for colour, texture and composition. Beyond the arbor, the back garden is almost completely given up to the gardener’s massive hosta collection. Green lives here in many, many variations, and the effect is (strangely) simultaneously restful and energizing.
[Small apology: The collage is my first quick experiment with the free PicMonkey online photo-editing tool (thanks to VP at the Veg Plotting blog for the tip), so is slightly out of sequence. Please weigh in: Do you like the use of collage, or do you prefer bigger pictures?]
|Clockwise, from large image: 1) A shady path, mulched with pine needles, winds to the backyard oasis. 2) In the front garden, a coppiced ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud (Cercis) is colourfully paired with a golden Caryopteris. 3) The back garden is a masterful collection of hostas in gold, blue and green. The sculpture is by Toronto sculptor Marilyn Walsh. 4) Hidden amongst the foliage, the two-tier deck is a secret bower, with bright blue accents. 5) Caryopteris closeup. Love the red stems, and the blue, late-summer flowers will be a bonus. 6) Tall goatsbeard (Aruncus) and cascading Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa) vary the texture.|