Hardy Plant Weekend: Woodland & Lavender garden
July 3, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
We continue to publish twice daily so that we won’t fall a month behind. Here is garden 5 of the 24 that we saw over three days.
Friday, 24 June 2016
Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon
garden five: woodland, lavender, kitchen garden
from the road
entering through a planted meadow
The woodland garden comes first.
I turned to the left to explore the woodland garden, on the uphill side of the house.
Most shade gardens on this tour had perfect hostas.
Later on the tour, I commented to our friend Ann about the perfection of the hostas, compared to our sad snail-bitten ones. She said that most locals would have bought them from Sebright Nursery (which we would visit later) and would be taking specially good care of them since they were purchased from friends.
in the woodland
If I could grow hostas like this, I would have one of every kind.
Here is the campanula that Our Kathleen recently told me is a runner. Looks like she is right. I’d be happy if mine turns out to be as vigorous.
Allan’s photo: He liked the faucets appearing with frequency along the fence line.
These few railingless steps to the deck daunted me. Perhaps I could find another way up there.
river birch path leading out of the woodland
river birch path
on the way to the vegetable garden
looking back to the woodland garden
the enclosed kitchen garden
The house and lavender bank is to my right as I walk downhill to the veg garden.
from the entry gate
inside the veg garden with new beds laid out
red rocks in the berry patch
purple sage (Allan’s photo)
The yard sloped down steeply past the veg garden. I overheard the owner say he had tipped the tractor twice while trying to develop the lot.
the other gate to the kitchen garden
at the top of that gate
looking down on the veg terrace carved out of the sloping lawn
a flowery walk to the veg garden
This grass is used all down one side of the property.
perennial borders on the other side of the estate from the river birch walk
There’s Allan photographing the lavender bank.
tall wooden fence at the property line
perennial border going up the slope
The lavender bank curves from the front to the side of the house.
perennials to my left, going uphill
To my right, the house and the lavender.
I spy, through buzzing bees, a non stairway access to the deck.
an impressive patch of Rhomneya coulteri
the view from the deck
Allan had made it up onto the deck with ease earlier in his walk; here are his photos:
an observer from an upper balcony
As I walk uphill, the rock wall by the house segues from lavender to ferns.
I loved the boardwalk and gave it a lot of attention.
the house with clematis arbour
other side of the driveway from the boardwalk
vast planted woodland meadow. I asked my “grass people” friends and had this one IDed as Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’.
having come full circle, returning to the woodland garden
Look who I missed on the way in.
A last look before departing.
This garden did not have the feel of a new garden. I enjoyed every aspect and envied the space to do vast sweeps of one plant. There is still more space to develop, although what is left is a challenging downhill slope below the veg garden. Much respect to the owners for doing most, if not all, of this garden creation themselves.