Be prepared to swoon. Christopher Garland sent in some images of his garden featuring gorgeous and creative combinations that will have you weak in the knees. Here’s what he had to say about it:
We acquired this 15-acre property in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, four years ago. The previous owners devoted 20 years to establishing the gardens we enjoy today. We have become friends with them since purchasing the property, and they have told us the decision to sell was made easier when they met us, knowing the property would be nurtured and loved as they had done for many years.
This particular garden contains a long list of plants that provide year-round interest. Its peak display is in the spring, but the garden remains attractive throughout the summer and fall with its combination of shapes, colors, and textures.
We have recently expanded the area inside the deer fencing to approximately 4 acres to allow for more gardens. Are we mad or just addicted to gardening?
Layers of color from shrubs make the foreground to the house.
Rhododendron ‘President Roosevelt’ (Zones 7–9) has beautiful flowers in spring and incredible variegated foliage all throughout the year.
Spring color at its finest! In the foreground are white double wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’, Zones 4–8) and blue lungwort (Pulmonaria sp., Zones 2–8 ). In the background are bright purple-and-yellow primroses (Primula, polyanthus group, Zones 5–9).
In summer the show goes on, with colorful foliage and summer-blooming perennials and shrubs.
Who wouldn’t want to have a picnic dinner on this beautiful patio, surrounded by lovely plants?
The driveway winds through lovely garden beds.
Sometimes green is enough, as contrasting textures and shades of green fill this planting with interest even when the flowers of spring are long gone.
Of course, in spring, color is everything! Shades of pink and white ring in the new gardening season with joy.
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