By: Kim Charles

A fun slice of culvert to plant tender things in. This year I’ll remember to bring them in before the first freeze.

Part 1: Tia Scarce from Edmonds, Washington, updates us on her latest garden that is chock full of colorful objects and beautiful plant combinations.

"My previous garden was featured on GPOD a few years ago, and now that we’ve been in our new place for a bit, I’m thinking it’s looking mature enough to show other people. We downsized dramatically in 2014, losing the lawn and gaining a hillside jewel box with a view of Puget Sound. It’s difficult to photograph much in these cramped spaces—the backyard is only 15 feet deep—so I’ve highlighted some plant combos and objects acquired through the years. My garden club visited recently, and they were very kind with their comments. I hope GPOD readers enjoy it, as well."

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Orbs of all sorts around here.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ice Crystal’, Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’, Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue'

The end of the road with a beautiful borrowed view beyond.

My favorite pot in front of new privacy panels, being consumed by yarrow and salvia


Garden art inherited from my mom, who loved big birds. A Fatshedera is just starting to grow up through it.

This bed is across the driveway from the privacy panels. My neighbor and I share this space.

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ and an unknown sedum.


View from the front step. As you see, I love the hot reds and oranges, cooled with a little purple, gold, and gray. This is pretty much the entirety of the front “yard.” Almost all this is new, including the privacy panels. The larger conifers in back were here, of course, and must be kept at roof height to protect the view.


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