By: Kim Charles

My trusty owl watches the sun go down on Puget Sound.


Part 2: Continued highlights of Tia Scarce's garden with a view in Edmonds, Washington.

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A bit of the backyard with Oscar on patrol. The entire thing is actually a drainage easement.

A recently planted succulent bowl.

A newly planted corner was freed up when I took out a mature hydrangea. This wire cage, made by a Whidbey Island artist, is useful for filling bare spots while plants grow in. The Fatsias all look terrible this year. I need to do some reading and find out what is going on.

This is the entire backyard. The large woody plants and some ferns and hostas were here when we moved in, and I’ve been filling in with interesting things at ankle level, perennials that I buy after I’ve said no more perennials, and yet more pots and garden art. The overriding theme is “More is More."

Another newly planted corner.

I really like the impact of this Persicaria polymorpha.

Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ is not so purpurea in this shady spot. I used Carex ‘Everest’ many times in this back garden, tying together the long space. A variegated fuchsia is coming along to the right, and that is burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis ’Tana') in front, which will soon have small knobs of burgundy flowers on top of wiry stems.

Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ flowers with Acer palmatum ‘Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry’ behind.

We were lucky to inherit this fantastic stone work. We added the landscape lighting to expand the nighttime sense of space, which I think is hugely important in our dark, wet climate.


And finally, the long view from our deck that drew us to this house.

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