The garden exists due to a big, honking deer fence that completely surrounds the 6-acre property. On walking through the gate, I knew I was entering somewhere special.
|Yes, those are rhododendrons blooming like that in Chicagoland|
|Azalea in bud with Tiarella|
|This border of Fothergilla major and Rhododendron screens the detached garage,|
Then one notices the towering mature trees
as well as young new trees. Most of the garden is woodland, but there is also a large prairie garden. I hope the owners opt to open their garden again in the fall so it can be viewed in its full glory. There's also a pond with waterlilies and huge, very loud frogs
and a couple of large rock gardens filled with tiny treasures.
In addition to the common woodland natives, the garden boasts some choice gems I didn't recognize.
This plant could be an Aquilegia.
Then there were familiar plants with a twist, such as this diminutive Stylophorum
|the hand is the girl's, which is smaller than mine, but still, the plant was 3 feet tall with blooms about twice as large as the norm|
I admired this color combination of Japanese maple, Rhododendron, Primula, Corydalis and Phlox divaricata,
|The colors of the primrose and the Japanese maple echo the red of the Rhododendron and the yellow of the Corydalis.|
but this is the combination I'd most like to copy.
|Faded Eranthis, Saruma henryi, Trillium lutea and Primula and the foliage of what I believe is a Uvularia, with a purple Geranium in the background and variegated pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia 'W. Stackman' (Golden Shadows)).|
And then there were the tree peonies.
|note the reddish tint to the foliage|
Sculpture and Accents
The gardener has used sculpture and accents throughout the garden to tie it all together. The photo at the top of the post shows the first of several owls tucked around the garden to be found by the observant visitor. This one was hard to miss.
HelenYoest when I saw this sculpture of a mother carrying her baby on her back.
|Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' and Hosta|
|Greenman behind a Japanese maple|
I was particularly enamored of the kinetic sculpture,
|the Park Place prairie garden|
but this mosaic fox was the girl's favorite.
There were also birdhouses used as a repeated design element,
and other rusted sculptures
|something like this would look at home at Squirrelhaven|
|beautiful and functional|
including a bread box (useful if you need to compare something to the size of one).
Some rock garden plants were displayed in hypertufa containers,
Fairegarden. I even saw a small Japanese maple in a hypertufa container.
I wish I could show you more of this wonderful garden, but we must obey the sign.
|note the deer fence in the background|
P.S. I forgot to mention that I paid attention to my feet too. A primrose path had a flagstone walkway, and the wilder part of the woodland garden had mulch paths lined with logs, like at Squirrelhaven.