Monday, September 03, 2012

A Tale Of Four Gardens - Part Two

GARDEN THREE

This garden is not just big but a huge property for a suburban area.  It is approximately two acres comprising woods, an inground pool area, patio, and expanses of lawn and border gardens.

Rudbeckia greets us as we pull up in the large circular driveway.
 
This is a very tall hot pink zinnia without an identification.  They were planted in the spring from a flat purchased at a local nursery.  I must look for this one next year!
 
This is the entrance to the woodland garden with many intersecting paths of flagstone.
 
This garden was developed over a period of thirty-five years. 
 
There are watering stations set up in the woods where a hose can be attached.  Even with the ability to water there were some trees and shrubs lost to the heat this summer.
 
Joe Pye Weed at the edge of the formal garden area
 
Beyond the woodland the landscape becomes more formal with a pool, large lawn area and perennial borders.
 
The Rudbeckias are everywhere on this property, just being pulled out where they are not welcome.
 
GARDEN FOUR
 
The last garden is on a smaller property with a wooded setback and an enticing stroll leading up to the back of the house.
 
Even the common hosta has survived the heat under this towering pine.
 
Such graceful branches
 
These steps lead to the home's front door.  We are still on the path to the back garden.
 
 
 
The path and plantings create an anticipation of what's to come.
 
The deck is built around a wonderful pond with lush landscaping.
 
The pond area is very intimate and closed in, however, there is an expanse of lawn behind the landscaping.
 
The plastic lines are to keep large birds from fishing.
 
 
Cotoneaster
The variety was not identified, but this is one of many shrubs and grasses around the pond area.
 
Daphne
The owner mentioned that this can be a difficult plant to grow but it is sure happy around this pond.
 
No matter how large or how small each of these gardens creates an atmosphere and a feeling.  I love ponds, so I guess you know which one is my favorite!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

11 comments:

Lona said...

What fantastic beds and plantings. Just a gorgeous garden. I am in love with that pond. Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Zoey said...

I am amazed at how nice those hostas are under the pine trees. I can’t get a hosta to grow under my pine trees.

I love that intimate pond around the deck, though I would not want to take care of it. :)

Karen said...

Hi Eileen, I'm wondering if that zinnia in the first garden is 'Purple Prince'? I've grown it in the past and it reaches about 3' tall. Wonderful plant!


The gardens are both stunning; amazing to have a garden of that size in the city. Love the rudbeckia, but then, I would, since it runs amok here, too!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

You and I both, the pond was just a dream.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

I was also surprised at how well these standard hostas were doing. My neighbors are all burned.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

The owner said they were Cherryland, but I could not find this name anywhere.

Eileen

gardenenvy said...

These are beautiful gardens and beautiful photos! Thanks for such a lovely post! Jeannine

Beth said...

I love garden # 3 - reminds me a lot of my own! I just love color. I also adore the pool area of garden # 4. Thanks for sharing.
Beth

Bonnie said...

This looks so peaceful. I dread winter coming and no gardens to work in to take my cares away!

Jennifer said...

You are right, this is a huge garden, Eileen. So much work must be done to keep it looking so well cared for. I really like the area around the pond and wonder if we should do something similar when we finally build our own pond.

GRACE PETERSON said...

No wonder your garden looks so fabulous with all of these gardens to inspire you. Thank you for sharing with us.