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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Kevin's garden in Washington, D.C.

comments (33) May 13th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Tiger Eyes sumac next to fountain and Shasta daisies.
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Moonbeam coreopsis
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Red tulips.
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My golden retriever, Gracie, loves to relax out back amidst the flowers hoping a wayward squirrel scuttles down the two 100-year-old white oak trees.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Schultze

Today's photos are from Kevin Schultze. He says, "I live on a very busy street in the heart of Washington D.C. I wanted to create a peaceful sanctuary on the edge of our very busy east-west thoroughfare in DC - Military Road, NW, so this is my front yard at the height of spring. The repeating 'Becky' Shasta daisies are what some motorists have told me draw their eyes into the yard. The light green small "tree" is 'Tiger Eyes' sumac. Red hot poker is just beyond the lower level daisies and 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass is peeking up in the rear. The first five photos are last year's photos at about the end of May, but my garden will look like this again in just a couple of weeks. The last few photos were taken last year at this exact time… They are in my back yard." That front yard is big-impact and beautiful, Kevin! I love the pop of color the red chair provides, too. Thanks for sharing!

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Comments (33)

DCNative writes: Go for it JaneEliz, and be sure to send us a picture when your Tiger Eyes is growing up a storm! Posted: 8:24 am on May 14th
ncgardener writes: Beautiful! Posted: 9:00 pm on May 13th
JaneEliz writes: What an exciting front garden you've created, Kevin! Really vibrant! Now you've got me thinking I might try a Tiger's Eye on my back hill-facing east. I might join the list of plant killers but then , again, maybe it will work.
Posted: 8:32 pm on May 13th
DCNative writes: Christopher, oh wise one, you do see Eucalyptus. Someone taught me that growing zones are for the timid and that microclimates are the wave of the global warming future :)
Posted: 3:59 pm on May 13th
wittyone writes: Kevin, How do you mow that lawn? It looks quite steep!

I think the peony is either Bowl of Beauty or Gay Paree (they may be one and the same)---you know how catalogs like to rename plants to make them sound more interesting. Posted: 3:45 pm on May 13th
Christopher3111 writes: I wish everyone in the city could envision their yard this way! It seems there is no reason that cities cannot be lush green spaces. On the other hand, I am wondering if being so close to the streets and buildings might give city-dwellers the chance to zone up? Do I see some eucalyptus in there? Posted: 2:46 pm on May 13th
DCNative writes: As for the Tiger Eyes Sumac. It does great for me. It even reseeds itself in several spots. I think it is due to the drainage... one of the benefits of being on a big hill.
What I can't seem to grow well is Astilbe. I'm not sure why. Posted: 2:36 pm on May 13th
DCNative writes: Mainer, Yes, the annual salvia blooms here from April to October. You're right, everyone, it's the angle of the shot. The salvia is in a tall pot on my front porch, so it looks like it's tall, but it's only about a foot tall.
Someone asked about the Peony. I'm pretty sure it's "Miss Mary". I have two that are close to one another and one of them is "Miss Mary."
Posted: 2:33 pm on May 13th
DCNative writes: Thanks for so many questions.
The purple spikes in the foreground of the one shot are the annual Salvia - "Victoria Blue" is the color.
The staked plans on the tier below the "Red Hot Poker" is "Lavender Mist Meadow Rue".
Thanks again! Kevin Schultze Posted: 2:25 pm on May 13th
briandowns writes: At the risk of being a party-pooper, the Tiger Eyes sumac is doing well NOW, as mine had at one point, but let's keep our branches crossed that the plant is around to see the next presidential innaguration! Posted: 2:17 pm on May 13th
Jay_Sifford writes: Not sure, dizzykayak. Before I posted my Tiger Eye dilemma I checked the Fine Gardening site. It says Tiger Eye is hardy to zone 9. Oh well, at least I'm not alone. Someone told me a long time ago, with regard to my orchid collection, that the reason I wasn't an expert orchid grower yet is that I hadn't thrown away enough plants. Perhaps the same applies to the sumac. Posted: 10:56 am on May 13th
dizzykayak writes: I'm surprised to hear everyone having problems with Tiger Eyes. I think it's because you are all too warm. I'm up here in Ontario, I had two in my urns for a summer, then plunked them into the garden and they have done great for a few years now. I also moved some with me from my previous house, and they were not treated very well during the move, they are also doing fantastic. My friend had her's stomped on by a hydro person, broke the main stem right off, and now she has 4 stems coming up.

Kevin your garden is lovely. I also like the matching chair and hose. Maybe I will use yours as inspiration and buy myself a lime green hose. That will help the Lime green bleeding heart fit in too!

Posted: 9:15 am on May 13th
cwheat000 writes: Also, Gracie is adorable, give her a scratch behind the ears for me. Posted: 8:51 am on May 13th
SweetPeaGardens writes: Very nice Kevin! Perhaps you are the reason your street is so busy, it makes for a pleasant drive by! I hope your garden has inspired your neighbours to do the same. I have success with my Tiger Eyes sumac planted in front of a cedar hedge. Pittisporums like this spot too. Perhaps it is because the cedar roots take up the moisture? I'm Zone 7 in a temperate rain forest. Posted: 8:50 am on May 13th
cwheat000 writes: Absolutely beautiful garden, but the first thing that struck me is that awesome undulating hill. The kid in me wants to put a slip n' slide on that. One would have to do a dramatic crash and roll at the bottom to avoid the parked cars, but that would be a total rush. Being a mom now, seeing my kid do that would give me a heart attack, but it is something I would definitely have done to my mother. A happy belated mother's day to my mom and all the moms out there. Tntreeman, I think the three vertical things are Karl Forester reed grass, if that is what you meant by staked things. Regarding August, I am already in CT, so I am definitely in. Also, I planted 3 euphorbias last year and I only have 1 and one half this spring. I feel your pain. I say if you don't kill a few things, you never learn how to grow stuff. I will pray for your Gunnera. Posted: 8:47 am on May 13th
tractor1 writes: Informational link:
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-tigereye-sumac-shrubs-48836.html

Posted: 8:09 am on May 13th
tractor1 writes: I notice that adirondack chair is reserved for me, and what a nice view of the street action. In my experience sumac thrives in well drained poor soil, here they grow along roadways, on steep slopes and in rocky hedgerows... the one in the first picture seems to be in an ideal spot on the edge of that steep slope. I'd like to have seen a picture of the entire front yard from the street. More pictures please, Kevin. Posted: 7:59 am on May 13th
briandowns writes: Regarding comments on the Tiger Eyes Sumac- drainage drainage drainage! Think about where sumac grows in the wild so to speak. Having said that, my Tiger Eyes is somewhere in the compost pile... Posted: 7:34 am on May 13th
briandowns writes: Gotta love it when the HOSE matches the chair! Now that's serendipity, or let's pretend it's all part of a master plan! Posted: 7:32 am on May 13th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: I've wondered how one could integrate the acid-yellow leaves and clasihing pink blossums of that bleeding heart cultivar into a garden. Now I see! Nice job. Posted: 6:42 am on May 13th
wGardens writes: Your yard must be the envy of the neighborhood! I too, love that peony- do you know which variety it is? So far... I have had success with my "Tiger Eye" sumac. (Zone 5A). Neither gets full sun- the one that looks the best gets morning sun only. Average soil. Posted: 6:37 am on May 13th
meander1 writes: Well, Kevin, your pictures say "Mission accomplished" when it comes to creating a welcoming sanctuary. Picture #1 seems to indicate that your house is fairly elevated above the road. That, along with all your delightful flowers,has to help in giving you that oasis feeling.
The vibrantly blue spikes definitely look like salvia 'Victoria Blue' to me except on a heavy dose of steroids...they are awesome...maybe it's tricky camera angle.
Count me among those who have had the death touch when it comes to a salivated over sumac. This 'Tiger Eye" has a beautiful luminescence...wish it were mine! Posted: 6:27 am on May 13th
mainer59 writes: If it weren't for the photo showing the street below it would be hard to believe that this is an in town garden on a busy street. You have created a sanctuary. I marvel at the salvia. In Maine we grow it as an annual (although it really is a tender perennial). Not every garden center has it so it is something I seek out, but for fall color. Does it bloom for you all season long? Posted: 6:27 am on May 13th
tntreeman writes: another plant i have murdered several times is Euphorbia 'Bonfire' and i'm embarking on a mission of probable death for Gunnera Posted: 6:15 am on May 13th
Jay_Sifford writes: Very cool salvia then. I'll look for it.
RE the sumac, the only place I've seen it thriving was in front of an awesome nursery called Terrain near Philadelphia. I know a man there who bought five. Four died and one is hanging on. Anyone having great luck with it? Posted: 6:06 am on May 13th
tntreeman writes: it's a blue salvia, i use them A LOT in containers as well as in the earth, i use Victoria Blue usually. i have killed the sumac as well ,,,,,,,,,,,,,more than once Posted: 5:50 am on May 13th
Jay_Sifford writes: Very nice city garden.

I too would like to know what the blue spikes are. They don't look like a salvia to me. Also, on the tigerseye sumac... theoretically I should be able to grow it but I've killed it and everyone I know who's tried it has killed it. What's the secret? I'd love to know. I'm zone 8a now, gave it 1/2 to 2/3rds day of sun, slighly moist soil. Posted: 5:48 am on May 13th
pattyspencer writes: @Bee1nine - thanks! I don't think I've seen it like that - I'll have to check it out further with an online search and also look back through my catalogs. Don't think I've see one that stands so high - I love it. Posted: 5:18 am on May 13th
bee1nine writes: Hi Kevin- I'm loving those eye-popping pink peony blooms on
top right photo!! Lovely specimen!!!
appalossa and pattyspencer- Those spikes of blue I'm going to
say are some kind of blue salvia.
Posted: 5:11 am on May 13th
pattyspencer writes: Nice pictures - I too would like to know what those beautiful big spikes of blue are. I also like those red hot poker flower - really bright as are your tulips. Beautiful!

No email yet - had to come through Friday's email. Hope this isn't the beginning of another hiccup. Posted: 4:42 am on May 13th
tntreeman writes: what are the 3 staked items between the pokers and street on that lower level? Posted: 4:24 am on May 13th
appaloosa writes: What are the big spikes of blue in the first picture? Posted: 4:04 am on May 13th
tntreeman writes: the shastas might draw the eyes first but then one is drawn in to examine/enjoy all the other stuff. i especially like that peony. a welcome sight in the middle of the city.
ok, everyone take to heart Michelle's invitation concerning the august confab. set aside some time and head to CT, you KNOW you want to! Posted: 2:48 am on May 13th
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