Janell Frazier-Day sent in these photos of her garden. She claimed, “It’s one of those quiet weeks in the garden, before the roses and hydrangeas really take off,” but I think you’ll agree that even if it’s a “quiet week,” this garden is still pretty amazing. Here’s what Janell had to say:
I’m a landscape designer/project manager in Des Moines, Washington. This is my front garden. It’s actually a double layered, mixed privacy hedge with a path through it. It’s lovely in the summer, when the hydrangeas bloom, but I think of it as my spring garden.
This lush scene is a complex combination of many plants, including Mahonia ‘Charity’ (Mahonia × media ‘Charity’, Zones 7–9 ), forest poppies (Meconopsis cambrica, Zones 6–10), Rhododendron yakushimanum (Yak rhododendron, Zones 6–9), Trochodendron araloides (wheel tree, Zones 6–8), Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’ (Japanese forest grass, Zones 5–9), Oxalis oregana (redwood sorrel, Zones 7–9 ), Digitalis (foxglove), Choisya ‘Sundance’ (Mexican orange blossom, Zone 7–10), and foliage from Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (hardy geranium, Zones 4–8).
A simple color palette of white, yellow, and green is rich with diverse foliage and textures.
By massing bright yellow and variegated foliage together, this scene creates the illusion of a beam of sunlight beckoning at the top of the stone steps.
Red-foliaged shrubs contrast with the soft grey-green leaves and yellow-green flowers of lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 4–7) spilling over beautiful stonework.
A study in foliage. Its combination of foliage of different sizes, textures, shapes, and colors makes this scene rich and diverse without needing any flowers. Garden sculptures are tucked in among the leaves so that they complement the plants rather than distracting from or overpowering them.
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