I usually post about what is happening in a garden at the time I visit. But I have been enjoying other bloggers' posts about gardens and nurseries they visited during the growing season and that they are featuring now. Seeing all that green foliage and flowers in full bloom is a real boost to the spirits at this time of the year.
I am joining in with these images taken last summer and then forgotten until now. You can tell what a beautiful evening it was when we toured this garden on the very far west side of Madison. We had met Ken and Jean a few years ago and reconnected in their garden last summer.
Dahlias brighten the space between the driveway and the front entrance.
The other side of the path to the front door leading down and through the front garden.
This section of the garden wraps around the front of the house and ends where it meets the neighboring property.
There is another large garden all along the edge of the driveway. At the far end of this border a path leads past the garage and into the back garden.
As someone who loves foliage I was smitten with all the wonderful combinations in this garden.
Looking back toward the street and the driveway border. I love the way the red blooms and the mounds of Japanese forest grass draw your eye though this area. But what I really appreciate is the fact that they used different red plants at different heights with dramatically different flower shapes.
That grassy foliage at the back is Helleborus foetidus. It was so gorgeous it inspired me this spring to order a few plants of that variety of Hellebore for my own garden.
Isn't this just a perfect location for a grown-up garden retreat? I would be out here for every meal and I'd add afternoon tea and cocktails to give me even more excuses to sit back and enjoy the garden instead of just working in it.
At the edge of the formal garden Ken is working on a prairie garden on the other side of the fence.
All the homes in this area are located around a central communal park area which belies the fact that it is an urban neighborhood.
The prairie in bloom.
More great plant combos including Carex muskingumensis, the grassy lime green plant in the rear. I am growing this in my bog so it was a surprise to see it in such a different context.
A perfect garden and a perfect evening.