Today we’re visiting Nancy Sarpola’s garden.
I have sent several batches of photos in for the GPOD in the past, but it has been a few years since then. I thought I would send some from the last couple of years, as I am looking through them now that winter is moving in. I garden on a sloped quarter-acre in Corvallis, Oregon. We have a small lawn and a good-size paver patio. There are bands of shrubs and perennials in between the lawn and patio, several trees to keep us cool in the summer, and a small garden for vegetables and cut flowers to one side.
Camellia ‘Donation’ (Camellia × williamsii ‘Donation’, Zones 7–10) after a March snowfall.
A dwarf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) at the top of a path with blue tritelia (Tritelia laxa, Zones 5–9) growing through golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 4–8). Tritelia is native to the West Coast and is a supereasy bulb for us to grow here in western Oregon.
A late summer picture featuring Aster × frikartti ‘Monch’ (Frikart’s aster, Zones 5–10), Sedum ‘Mr. Goodbud’ (Zones 3–9) and Salvia ‘Amistad’ (Zones 8–11).
Looking north on the path at the top of our lot toward a trellis with Rosa ‘Eden’ on it and a limelight hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ Zones 4–8) and Galega ‘Lady Wilson’ (Galega × hartlandii ‘Lady Wilson’, Zones 4–8) in bloom on the right. This photo was taken in late July.
A little seating area in September made out of some leftover pavers. It features asters and ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ Zones 5–9) at this time of year.
This photo is from late April and shows Allium christophii (stars of Persia, Zones 5–8) in the foreground.
Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) backed by ‘Visions’ astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions’, Zones 4–8).
Yellow Dicentra scandens (Zones 7–10) vine mixing with ‘Polish Spirit’ clematis (Zones 5–9) and Lysimachia ephemerum (milky loosestrife, Zones 6–9). This lysimachia is not an aggressive spreader like so many of its kin.
These are chairs I got at a rummage sale for $10 each! I repainted them in my favorite color and put them in this little nook with a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–10), Acanthus mollis (Bear’s breeches, Zones 7–11) and Japanese forest grass.
An early April photo of a patch of Erythronium (trout lily) in bloom.
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