My "backlog" posts continues today with a little garden gem I discovered this spring. I have a bad habit of visiting nurseries almost every weekend during spring/summer/fall. The two closest to me are the Portland Nursery on Stark St. and the 7 Dees on Powell. Earlier this year, I discovered my own little shortcut between them. Ok...not really a "shortcut", but a preferred route.
One day, as I drove my "Nursery Route", I noticed a house I'd driven past countless times and not given a second glance.
Well...I noticed the garden...not the house! At that point, it was still spring...so the lush growth you see above was still small, but there was a massive mound of ferny foliage along their front walkway...which I guessed was Ferula communis...a plant I have tried...but just can't give the space or sun it wants. I made a mental note of the garden...and each time I drove by over the next few months, I'd check out the progress.
As it turned out, this garden had A LOT of wonderful plants...and I don't know how I never noticed it before now!
I'm not the biggest Rose fan...but these add just the right amount of "pop" to the corner of the garden...especially in contrast to the Anchusa and Barberry.
Right at the corner, there is this amazing, glowing Anchusa (I'm guessing). I guess I never realized how big they got, in most books, they looks so short...this was a large, bulky plant...and those electric blooms...wow!
Looking down the sidewalk, you can really see that these are gardeners after my own heart...this is a full, lush garden that wears its heart on its sleeve.
Such vigor and opulence...I love it!
I can't help but love them...it's those long, sinuous stems and the simple, honest blooms...and judging from the hum in the air, they are just as popular with pollinators and all other scabious.
As I walked along the sidewalk, I noticed, for the first time, the picket fence. Honestly, I kind of love the lavender color. I never would have thought of it myself...but it's the perfect foil for the plants in this garden. Looking at the photos, I thought how the color was neutral enough that it didn't call attention to itself, like a white fence would have. Plus...it matches the Nepeta perfectly!
I totally dig how the soft cloud of Ferula foliage frames the Lobelia here.
Backing up, you get a better view of the garden from this angle...in the foreground, you can see part of a very large patch of Arundo donax. I've never been terribly fond of Arundo...feeling it seems a bit too "tropicalisimo" for my taste. Then again...that powdery blue mass of leaves is a nice contrast to the finer texture of the nearby Ferula, is it not?
Here is one of the few angles in which you can actually see the house! It's such a low-key, humble house...no wonder I never noticed it until now! To be honest...as much as I love the garden...it really isn't in-scale with the house...the house is dwarfed by the exuberance of the garden (not that I'm complaining). The house whispers...the garden shouts!
So there you have it...and pretty amazing garden that was hiding in plain sight...do you have any "secret gardens" you've stumbled on lately?