Yesterday we visited Eric Sternfels’s backyard shade garden in Northwest Philadelphia, and today we’re back for another round of beautiful images from this wonderful little spot.
A rich mosaic of foliage in different colors and textures makes a garden image full of interest and beauty. And as every garden needs, there is a place to sit and perhaps have a cup of coffee while enjoying the view.
A furry garden helper lurks among the leaves, no doubt ready to spring out and attack a suspiciously rustling leaf.
I love this dreamy view up the narrow path through the garden. Dark foliage from begonias and heuchera in the center are set off to perfection by the surrounding bright, yellow-green leaves, and the whole view is framed by masses of medium green leaves surrounding it. Absolute perfection!
This creative and unexpected art in the garden is made from teapots that seem to be pouring tea and puffing out steam. A supporting cast of hostas shows off the art to perfection.
Cardamine quinquefolia (Zones 7 –9) is an ephemeral spring wildflower that goes dormant in summer.
April shade plants: Arum italicum (Italian arum, Zones 6–9), Syneilesis (umbrella plant, Zones 5–8), Epimedium ‘Domino’ (‘Domino’ fairy wings, Zones 5–8), and Athyrium niponicum (Japanese painted fern, Zones 5–8).
A favorite foliage combination: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Burgundy Lace’ picks up the eggplant purple of flowers and leaf markings of Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ (Zones 4–9).
One last view of this beautiful garden, with bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) in bloom next to a wonderful brick pathway.
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