Today we’re visiting Domenia Barbuto’s garden.
Thanks very much for the wonderful photos that gardeners have contributed. I look forward to seeing them every day and plan to incorporate some of the ideas I have seen. I have been working in my in Westbury, New York, garden for over 40 years. During this time I have cleared away trees, created and recreated flower beds, and experimented with a variety of container plantings. I always seemed to concentrate on the big picture—how plants complemented each other, how the garden looked overall. During the past few years I have tried to appreciate the small things that make up the overall effect of my plantings by taking a closer look at individual shapes and variations of colors.
Detail of astilbe (Astilbe chinensis, Zones 4–8) in its full, soft, pale-pink bloom.
Detail of perfectly blue bigleaf hydrangea flowers. Remember that if you want true-blue hydrangeas, you need acidic soil, as they will blush pink as the soil becomes more alkaline.
And here’s a close-up of some richly saturated Asiatic lilies (Lilium Asiatic group, Zones 4–9). This group of lilies has the brightest colors of the true lilies but doesn’t boast the scent of some of the other types.
Seed heads on Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium, Zones 3–8), a beautiful ornamental grass that is native to a wide swath of North America.
In this view of the patio, bright color is provided by annual pots.
This arbor is simply dripping with a sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora, Zones 5–11).
Each individual flower of sweet autumn clematis is small, but because the flowers are produced in such enormous numbers, they make an incredible display. The fragrance is wonderful as well.
This sweet autumn clematis is running along behind a big bed of black-eyed Susans, making sure that the summer ends with an enormous mass of flowers.
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