|Note the tiny lawnette on the right.|
The first garden I toured was that of Suzette and Jim Birrell, whose front yard was given over to a shade garden, with just a tiny bit of lawn.
|Geranium 'Sandrine' is the star of this combination|
|a dark Actaea/Cimicifuga balances the chartreuse foliage, while the blue Clematis provides the perfect zIp|
a picture of me caught in the act.)
What was even more intriguing than the shaded front garden was the use of space in the side yard, one of the most challenging spaces in a suburban lot.
The back lawn hovered above a hillside garden and patio,
|artichokes, nasturtiums & sweet peas and, yes, that's a spork on the obelisk|
with a vegetable plot to one side.
|Now, that's what I call a scare-crow.|
Then I went next-door to the garden of Shelagh Tucker,
|Shelagh Tucker's garden|
where in front, a completely different and wonderful garden reminiscent of Beth Chatto's gravel garden welcomed visitors.
|pony tail grass and Rosa glauca help the transition from gravel to traditional border|
|Campanula lactiflora and English roses beckon the visitor through the arch|
and the large border.
There is a small lawn and paths of grass.
The garden climbs the hillside.
|view up the hill to the garden shed|
|view from above the greenhouse|
What struck me most about these gardens was the presence of lawn only in the back yard, the reverse of what is most common in suburbia. The big lesson here, however is the economy of planting; that is, virtually no wasted space.
Thank you, Suzette and Jim Birrell and Shelagh Tucker for graciously opening your gardens to us.