So, imagine how thrilled I was to see in the handout for the Hardy Plant Study Weekend that Denise Lane's garden was on the tour for Saturday! It's not often you get a second chance at anything. As soon as they let us loose after the morning lectures, I gobbled half my lunch and took off like a shot.
Here's the blurb from the booklet:
"Denise came to garden this varied landscape in 1988. Since then it has seen many things come and many go. Gone are trees that were falling or too shady. Gone are the blackberries and other thugs that come with inattention. Gone are many plants that just didn't work. Added were some impressive pieces of stone, plenty of art and a cohesion that many gardeners strive for. From swamp to entertainment patio there is a bit of everything for everyone here. Color combos sing and the turf is just enough to set off the beds and borders. A busy street is disappearing behind well placed plantings of interesting things. A plant collector and skilled designer, Denise makes it look easy. Spend some time wandering the many walks and trails discovering rare and beautiful treasures."
|Concrete ruin and pool in Denise Lane's garden|
|'Forest Pansy' Redbud with ruin in the background|
|Hosta leaf lit by sun from behind|
|Another cool fountain that I don't remember from 2011|
|Patio and pavilion|
|Ground cover and river rock rings the patio|
|This green concrete wall and mirror with sitting area replaced a Leyland cypress|
|The rare and the common together|
|Lilac with fabulous purple Clematis|
|Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' with Empress tree leaf|
|I don't remember this mosaic torso from 2011 -- somehow it feels out of place to me|
|This feels more at home|
|And this carved stone -- which I remember seeing in 2011|
I didn't post about Denise Lane's garden back in 2011, but many other bloggers did! Here are a few of their posts.
The Shovel-Ready Garden