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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Jay's garden in North Carolina, revisited

comments (19) May 1st, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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New acquisition: Chinese doors, leading to the hosta garden by upper pond.
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Front yard garden path.
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Front yard garden path.
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Sitting area in the front garden.
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Acer palmatum Shirazz
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Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild
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Podophyllum Spotty Dotty (the slugs love this one), with Hosta Feather Boa and Heuchera Frosted Violet.
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Conifers, Japanese maples, and Orange Rocket barberry. The Skylands oriental spruce is a favorite of mine.
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Smokebush, Sargeants weeping hemlock, Peve Minaret bald cypress and formosa azaleas.
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A section of my serpentine blue atlas cedar fence where it adjoins a Crimson Queen Japanese maple.
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New acquisition: Chinese doors, leading to the hosta garden by upper pond.
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New acquisition: Chinese doors, leading to the hosta garden by upper pond.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jay Sifford

We've visited Jay Sifford's garden in Charlotte, North Carolina, a couple of times (refresh your memory HERE and HERE.) Today he's sharing the latest. He says, "I've been putting a lot of effort into my garden over the past year, desiring to introduce more structure and year-round interest. To me this means more conifers and Japanese maples. Conifers don't always do so well in zone 8a, but it's amazing which "full sun" plants will grow in a southern garden in part shade. I'm also introducing more hardscape and objects that captivate me. I found two sets of Chinese doors in a CT warehouse... one for a client and of course one for me. I have more plans for this upper area of my water garden which I'll be working on in the next several weeks." Beautiful, Jay, as always. Thanks!

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Comments (19)

MizScarlet writes: As usual, Jay, your garden is exceptinal in every way. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 7:33 pm on May 3rd
arthurb3 writes: Very nice! Our North Carolina gardens are so beautiful here in the South. Posted: 10:39 am on May 2nd
hummergirl writes: I too, had to go through yesterday's email to get today's posting - I am on board with pattyspencer, hoping they get this glintz fixed soon!! I miss my taste of green in the morning!!! Now it comes in the afternoon and it's just not a good time for me, the world has awoken and attacking my peace!
Thanks for everything Michelle, and do not stop this daily dose - I love it!!!
I also checked out Jay's past pictures that I missed somehow, and just love his gardens, they are intriguing! Posted: 9:22 am on May 2nd
pattyspencer writes: Beautiful garden! My favorite pics are the front garden - really really pretty!

Had to go through yesterday's email which came today - haven't gotten this email yet. Hope they get this issue fixed - yes - very frustrating! Posted: 6:00 am on May 2nd
Jay_Sifford writes: Thanks again everyone.
Sweetpeagardens, you made me laugh re the putting the clothes back on. RE the ferns and rock outcropping, I did that several years ago in about half an hour. It's a sculpture of my soul... lots of hard sharp surfaces with occasional inner turmoil, but covered with a thin exterior layer of peace, like the moss and ferns!
skevanston, will do! Thanks. Posted: 5:59 am on May 2nd
skevanston writes: As I have mentioned before, I absolutely love the pictures of your garden. If school weren't still in session, I would drive from Chicago to enjoy your open house this weekend!! :-) Please, could you send in a few more pictures of that sitting area, maybe backing away a few steps for an overview? Among many other things, I am admiring all the textures and shades of green that enliven that stone wall! Thanks for keeping us connected with your garden. Posted: 9:56 pm on May 1st
SweetPeaGardens writes: You are an artist Jay! I love the ferns nestled into the stacked rocks. Way cool, I'm stealing that idea, thanks! I too love the crunch of gravel beneath my feet. For us, it's our early warning system that someone is approaching. Gives us time to put our clothes back on. Posted: 9:38 pm on May 1st
Zinnia1 writes: What an incredible garden ,it shows you the difference between an amateur home gardener and what a professional can accomplish..its just magnificent and so artistic. Those doors are exquisite. Loved it. Posted: 6:42 pm on May 1st
tntreeman writes: jay, i came back to look at your photos again and looks like you could have an auction for those doors and make mucho mucho money! the entire property is beautiful and i enjoy all your photos and interactions with the commenters. the gravel pathways are perfect but you already know that! i'm one hour from asheville and wish i could do your open house on sunday but this time of year i have absolutely no free time please notify thru gpod if you have another one in the fall or anytime. Posted: 3:16 pm on May 1st
hummergirl writes: Wow! Love that door!!! And the pile of rocks with the ferns...and the paths, well, just all of it!! Great!! Posted: 2:17 pm on May 1st
Canthelpmyself writes: I'd submit pictures but I'm concerned that Tractor1 would then tell me everything I'm doing wrong and how he would do it differently. Just because you don't like gravel doesn't mean other people can't use it. I'm waiting for the day we see some of your pictures so we can disparage them to the same extent you disparage everyone elses. Posted: 12:56 pm on May 1st
Jay_Sifford writes: WinstonSalem, I'm in south Charlotte near SouthPark Mall. If you email me at jaythefishguy@earthlink.net I'll give you directions.
To answer your question, all my paths are either mulched with cypress or gravel. For the gravel paths, I use metal landscape edging to hold it in. On my hill I terraced it with railroad ties (since my garden is mainly rustic woodland) and leaned it slightly to the right where I dug a trench and put it a french drain system. I've had very little issue with gravel movement and love the feel and sound of crunching gravel underfoot. Posted: 12:17 pm on May 1st
WinstonSalem writes: Great photos....where are you located? Can you describe how you made your path. I would like to try it. Posted: 12:02 pm on May 1st
Jay_Sifford writes: Thanks everyone, for the nice comments. The doors have a lot of polyurethane on them.
I don't know if anyone is close to me (Charlotte) but if you are, or are looking for an excuse for a little road trip, I'm having an open garden event this Sunday, May 5, from 12:30-4:30. It would be nice to meet you.
Geisha Gone Wild is a stronger grower than Geisha. Not so easy to find, but you can mail order it. Shirazz is awesome as well. And then there's the Ghost series. I guess I should stop.... haha. Posted: 11:43 am on May 1st
cwheat000 writes: Jay, your garden is really special. The plant collector in me has me lusting after some of your really different cultivars. I have seen Spotty Dotty in the Plant Delights catalog and I adore it. I would get it, but it is a big investment for something that may not survive my winters. Your evergreen and Japanese maple collection is so impressive. Equally important, you have put them all together in such a pleasing way, with really rich accents. Simply put, your garden rocks!
Posted: 9:56 am on May 1st
phase2682 writes: Really nice work Jay, I like the way you integrate the conifers with the other plant types. And thanks for focusing on plants in the photos so you can see the details; too wide of an angle and a bunch of sky can use up much of the valuable space in a photo. The gravel in the front sitting area looks wonderful at the base of the beautiful retaining wall. Well Done! Posted: 8:59 am on May 1st
tractor1 writes:

Oh gosh, the "click HERE" to enlarge button for the Chinese doors had to be the one that's out of order, darn... and no email again today. :,-(

Those doors look like they've already received several coats of wood preservative w/stain... and the iron hardware looks like it's met with flat black Rustoleum... really neat doors!

I love all those conifers and Japanese maples... I love it all except for that cheapo gravel... why do people think pea gravel that belongs in concrete enhances garden paths, NOT! Stones work well for paths but use some lovely chipped stone, available in many colors too. One of my neighbors used burgandy chips from a local stone quarry, they look rich, are very walkable as with traffic they compress, and most importantly they don't migrate.

I'd like to see more photos of Jay's garden, wide angle views that include sky. Thank you, Jay.

Posted: 8:03 am on May 1st
meander1 writes: Oh, my, those doors are gorgeous! Frankly, your client is very fortunate that you were honorable and didn't keep both sets for yourself. Have you given them any sort of outdoor protective treatment to help them maintain that particularly warm wood tone? And, I love the lion head pull...so majestic. Thanks for identifying the Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'. It had caught my eye in the photo where it is somewhat in the distance and set off my ???? bells. Interesting plant...I know nothing about it so a google search will ensue after I finish commenting. Your featured selections of Japanese Maple are beautiful. The subtlety of color variations of Geisha Gone Wild is quite alluring...ha, "she" is well named! Posted: 6:38 am on May 1st
tntreeman writes: jay, i love your garden. i check your past features from time to time and i enjoy it each visit. i have a Skylands spruce about 12 ft tall and it's my favorite as well, new growth coming out and it looks like lime green christmas lights . those doors are amazing , sure when you found them it was like striking oil. all beautiful. i think i now need Geisha Gone Wild too, thank you for enabling my addiction :) Posted: 3:56 am on May 1st
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