Secret Garden 2014
The Secret Garden is in full bloom mode this week! Actually this part of the landscape is planted for continuous blooms all summer long…As you turn the corner from our open grass area you will find an arbor with a climbing Colette Rose welcoming you to the cement stairway on the other side of the arbor is a gorgeous clematis that isn’t quite blooming yet.
Once you enter, you can’t help but notice the gorgeous blooms of the climbing rose that abundantly coats the extremely tall bird house.
This yellow climber was planted in memory of a family of ducklings that showed up here in the spring of 2009. Was a wonderful but in the end a very tragic experience for us…planting this rose honoring them and their little lives, was very helpful for my children.
The pathway was something my dad and I did together in 2011. Using scalloped cement boarders and filling the extra wide walkway with larger sized gravel rocks. Lining the boarder is dwarf boxwood that is growing nicely and someday will form a hedge. While I await the vision, I have several colors of English Bluebells that grow ~ which gives a little color in the early spring time.
Just behind the dwarf boxwood is a row of different varieties of bleeding hearts, Jack Frost, hosta’s and heuchra. The combination of these two plant make an excellent choice of whimsical texture as you walk the path.
The middle section plantings consist of iris, peonies and roses which who can ever get enough of these?
Along the fence line are arborvitaes and planted just in front of those are plants like Astilbe, Spirea, hydrangeas, silver sward azalea and day lily’s.
I have taken hundreds of photo’s of this section and I just cannot find a photograph that does this part of the garden justice. You all will just have to come visit the garden and see it for yourself!
I have so many plantings that are allowed to go to seed in this area, which make amazing fillers ~ plants like Bell Flowers, Foxglove, Jacobs ladder, Columbine, Sweet William, Holly Hock, Alyssum, Strawberries, Creeping Jenny, Silene Uniflora ‘Druett’s Variegated’, Sandwort, and too many bulbs to count…, I’m sure I am forgetting a few, but as they bloom ~ you know I’ll be sharing photos!
I recently planted this gorgeous Bihou Maple tree that will someday tower over all of these plants and give them a little afternoon shade…I can’t wait to see it grow!
On the other side of the path (closest to the house, I have a mirrored effect of plantings…although because it’s more shaded, I have lilacs, weigela, camellia and viburnum.
Here is a another view coming through the gate!
Also, here is the link to the Potting Bench that also resides in this space…click here if you missed that post! Hope to see you at this weeks garden party! Can’t wait to see this weeks party links! xoox, tracie
I am in luv with your gardens... I truly am. Beautiful!
Your garden look lovely. Busknelliken (Dihantus Barbatus) is so gorgeous, I planted some last year and they are blooming this year.
Thanks for hosting!
You have one of the most beautiful cottage garden I've ever seen! I love the garden party, I'll link my blog. I'm hoping someday my garden will be lush, colorful, filled with cottage flowers and vegetables. Thank you for posting such lovely photos. Have a great weekend! :)