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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Brindley Garden -- June and August

Back in June I visited the garden of Karen and Sam Brindley in Indianola, Washington, as part of the Northwest Perennial Alliance's Open Gardens. At the time I started to put together a post about it, but I realized I perhaps didn't have quite as many photos of the garden as I needed to really give the reader a good idea of the garden. Plus, I'm really dreadful at doing this kind of post.

I knew I was going to be returning in August, which I did just this past weekend with Peter The Outlaw Gardener and Loree The Danger Gardener, so I would have the opportunity to fill in some blanks, as well as show how some areas looked later in the season, after an especially hot and dry summer.

According to the description in the NPA booklet, "The garden was designed by Shayne Chandler of Plant LLC. There are three acres of garden that are heavy on design and loaded with great species. We have a little bit for everyone. Mediterranean, tropical, shade, woodland, cactus, and vegetables. The view isn't too bad either. Enjoy!"

Here's what drew my attention in June:

On the long driveway on the way to the house, you pass this large Schefflera

As well as this area of high contrast between dark and lime green

The garage

The front of the house

A nice contrast between the dark leaves of a Ligularia and the airy flowers of a Saxifrage

A large ginger jar water feature set within a square of maidenhair ferns, with a backdrop of interesting shade plants

Various Podophyllums by the front door

Podophyllum and Saxifrage

Luscious Podophyllum and Epimedium

Dark Aeoniums planted in the ground set against a hedge

Pink Poppies

Allium seedhead and conifer

The greenhouse where tender plants overwinter and summer vegetables grow lush

As you come around the back of the house you get a view of the Sound.

Looking down at the sunny back garden from an upper deck

The "not too bad" view

Alliums and foxgloves

The Seattle skyline on the left and Mt. Rainier on the right, just barely peeking out of the clouds (what aviators refer to as cumulogranite)

A stone wall under the upper deck where sun and heat lovers grow

Agaves, Sedums, and (although I didn't realize it at the time) an Echium pininana

The owners' cat was very cute and friendly

I was delighted to see that they had so many self-sown California poppies filling in the blanks in their beds

California poppy and wallflowers

Softly colored peach and yellow rose

Ceanothus, blue Salvia, and Euphorbia

So...that's what I noticed in June.

Here's what I noticed in the Brindley Garden in August:

Plantings that flank the gate

The long winding driveway leads past fabulous planting beds and woodland areas to the greenhouse and onward to the house

Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'

Persicaria 'Painter's Palette'

Lobelia tupa

A soft woolly blanket full of Clematis seedheads

Clematis seedhead

Self-sown Echium pininana that, according to Sam Brindley, will overwinter here and bloom next year

Echium pininana

Blue Acacia tree

Opuntias and Yucca linearifolia

Mimosa tree

Yucca and Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'

Possibly the same soft peach and yellow rose that was blooming in June

Hopefully between my pictures from June and my pictures from August I've managed to give you some sense of the fabulosity of the Brindley garden.

Peter The Outlaw Gardener posted here about his visit last year to the Brindley Garden.

Another blogging friend, Linda Reeder, also visited the Brindley garden this year during the Garden Conservancy Open Days program and posted here about her visit.


  1. WOW, what a difference a couple of months make. I would have loved to see the view in June, as it was last weekend the clouds and grey obscured the beauty of it to a large degree. I wondered if those Echiums were babies from a previous bloom cycle. Thanks for finding out!

  2. A gorgeous garden and that view is fabulous. I think the gorgeous Yucca might be Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville,' a favorite and hard to find beast. Hoover Boo sent me some that were destined for her yard waste bin and every time I see them I think of her and Shayne (it's his favorite Yucca.) What a fun day we three had together!

  3. What do you mean you're no good at "this kind of post"?! Love how you get the big view but zero in also on the details such as saxifrage growing from a joint in the hardscape with podophyllum. Really gorgeous plant selection, all looking healthy and happy, June or August.

  4. How is it that a kitty can steal the show every time?!
    California poppy, wallflowers and water view, it's hard to top that.
    Another striking vignette is that of the ceramic leaf/face hanging on the post with that ghosty Fatsia leaf in the foreground.

  5. Gorgeous! That view is incredible and there wasn't a single vignette that I wouldn't give my eye teeth to have in my own garden. How I wish I could grow Podophyllums and Epimediums!

  6. Well. Absolutely fabulous. Kind of a Windcliff vibe with a different plant menu. I love it. Beautiful photos and thanks for including the links from other bloggers posts. I look forward to visiting those as well.I need to get back up to that area next summer for some serious garden touring !

  7. I love that garden. It is so photogenic! Thanks for the mention.

  8. Really beautiful gardens with a highlight of Californian poppies together with wallflowers.


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