Welcome to Elaine Hutson’s lovely garden! It is an incredible garden, and as you’ll see, the photographs of it are pretty magical as well.
These are pictures taken of my garden in the year 2018. It is a large garden—1 acre and another 3/4 acre in woodlands. I have lived here for 44 years, and when I arrived there was nothing but pasture grass, so every tree (except for the Douglas firs), shrub, perennial, and bulb has been planted by me.
Unfortunately, I have to sell. I hope somebody who loves gardens will buy it.
A flowering kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa, Zones 5–8) presides over this perfect scene, highlighted with the rich blue container in the center of the space.
The same space, but from a different angle, looking out from under the kousa dogwood to the garden beyond. A rich diversity of different-colored foliage makes for a complex garden scene without relying on many flowers.
This intricate piece of garden art is set against a rich green backdrop, so every detail shines.
Another garden sculpture. The leaf designs in the sculpture itself are echoed and amplified by the leafy surroundings where it is placed.
Often we see rhododendrons as big rounded shrubs covered with dense, evergreen leaves. But old rhododendrons can develop to tall plants with their trunks forming intricate living sculptures.
One of my favorite things about the GPOD is seeing pictures of where gardeners have stopped to look at a plant in a way I never have before. Mountain laurels (Kalmia latifolia, Zones 4–9) are, of course, beautiful in full bloom, but this photo is making me think they may be even more beautiful while still in bud!
Formal brick columns are draped with romantic climbing roses.
‘Coral Charm’ peonies (Paeonia ‘Coral Charm’, Zones 3–7) look all the lovelier for having a dark backdrop.
Formal brickwork surrounds these plants like a picture frame.
A large-flowered clematis hybrid trails over a lichen-covered tree trunk. (Fine Gardening All-Access members can read more about clematis here.)
An espalier shrub grows against a wall painted to show it off.
Tall spires of rich blue delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7).
We’ll have more of Elaine’s incredible garden tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!
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