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The entrance garden consisting of a knot (in need of a trim) planted with Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy’, Berberist. ‘Aurea Nana’, Teucrium chamaedrys and Buxus microphylla ‘Wintergreen’. The central urn is planted with the ever-colorful Bougainvillea ‘Raspberry Ice’.
The small series of ponds terminates into this larger pond covered with parrot feather Myriophyllum aquaticum and water lilies. The treatment of the pond edge and surrounding plantings of hardy and tender plant material gives the pond a naturalistic appearance.
The double border leading to the Tiki hut is planted with Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’, Solanum quitoense, Verbena bonariensis, Nassella tenuissima, Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’, Rosa ‘Heritage’ and Verbena ‘Silver Ann’. The border is lined with copper torches for an interesting evening ambiance.
The ultimate outdoor room, the Tiki hut provides protection from the sun as well as wind and rain. A comfortable seating area for entertaining day and night surrounded by large potted tropical plants plunged into the ground and summer blooming shrubs such as Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’.
Peaking over Rosa polyantha ‘The Fairy’, Dennstaedtia punctilobula the Hay-scented fern and Corylus avallena ‘Contorta’ across the lawn to the opposite border of large grasses, mixed shrubs and perennial.
The framed lattice trellis and annual border are planted each year with fast growing tender plants. Ricinus, Canna, Helianthus, Datura, Dolichos, Passiflora and Cassia can attain great heights in just a few months
A rustic arbor made of locust trunks encloses the stone terrace. Rosa ‘New Dawn’ Aristolochia gigantea and Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’ climb the arbor for an interesting assortment of blooms. Portulaca reseeds itself annually in the cracks and crevices on the terrace.
Steps leading form the cedar deck to the terrace is a logical and ideal place to display container plantings. The hardy crepe myrtle Lagerstroemia ‘Hopi’ and Trachycarpus fortunei are permanently planted in the ground close to the protecting south facing wall of the house. Unusual as well as common tender plants find a spot on the steps. Because each plant is in its own container its watering and other cultural needs can easily be met.