Today we’re visiting Michael Goltzman’s garden in Bethesda, Maryland.
Over the last 10+ years, my wife and I have taken our small suburban plot, which was all lawn and yews against the foundation, and eliminated the last blade of grass, using Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, and perennials to create our garden. We moved all of the rock and dirt. My wife is the stone mason, while I am the brute force and the plant guy. As old houses were torn down in the neighborhood, we saved some bushes, bulbs, and perennials that have augmented our garden.
Thanks for the blog, and sharing everyone’s beautiful work.
Wide view of the garden in spring, with trees and perennials coming into growth.
New foliage on a spectacular weeping Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).
These cobalt blue containers make a dramatic focal point. They are filled with blooming snapdragons (Antirrhinum majalis, annual) and a tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8), both in shades of dark wine-red.
Old-fashioned bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–9) blooming beautifully with some work on the stone in process.
Shrubs provide the backbone for the garden, which ensures year-round interest and beauty.
Beautiful stonework is such a wonderful feature in this garden, elevating the beds and the perennials growing in them up to where they can be more easily appreciated.
More perfectly laid stone.
And most important in any garden: a spot to sit and enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.
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