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Garden With a Side of Mountains

Incredible views await visitors to this garden

Today Jordan Buckner is sharing photos of a beautiful garden he had the chance to visit recently.

I recently visited Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington. I live 90 miles north of Wenatchee and was fortunate to be there yesterday when the creeping phlox and bugleweed were blooming.

Ohme Gardens rests on the edge of a bluff with views of the Cascade Mountains. Just about every inch of ground is covered with creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia, Zones 3–9), creeping phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9), bugleweed (Ajuga repens, Zones 3–10), yarrow (Achillea sp.), and various shrubs.

Wow! It’s not hard to make a beautiful garden with views like that.

The garden here is simple. There’s nothing to detract from or overwhelm the natural beauty of the site, and the landscape is accented with flowering ground covers everywhere.

Wouldn’t you love to have some huge, beautiful rocks like these in your garden? They are set off perfectly by bright splashes of creeping phlox in full bloom.

A select few plants have woven their way into the cracks and crevices of the stone, showing off the beauty of the rock and providing a wonderful contrast between the hard austerity of the rock and the delicate grace of the flowers.

Just beyond the glorious tumble of boulders, tall conifers rising up at the top accent the natural height of the landscape.

A dark wall of conifers allows hints of the mountains beyond to peak through. I think it is safe to say that most of us won’t be lucky enough to make a garden in a space like this, but it sure is amazing to visit it though these beautiful pictures!


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    meander_michaele 05/08/2019

    Seems like it would be a very special experience to see this "garden" in person. The topography of the area is so dramatic and impressive and yet the additions of the colorful ground covers add a lot of visual appeal...the almost literal icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing your photos, Jordan.

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    treasuresmom 05/08/2019

    Oh, my, how beautiful!

  3. cheryl_c 05/08/2019

    Jordan, these pictures are wonderful! You'r right - this is another place where sticking to a limited plant palette lets the beauty shine through. I wondered if the low-growing horizontal shrubs are one of the cotoneaster family - I've never seen them used so generously, and I love the results! Thanks for sharing.

  4. btucker9675 05/08/2019

    Amazing space with amazing views! Thanks for these!

  5. erla 05/08/2019

    Glorious! I live in Oregon, close enough to make the trip to experience the beauty. And yes, I would love to have boulders like those in my yard. My kids find and haul big ones to me , but nothing like in these pics. Thanks for sharing.

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    simplesue 05/09/2019

    That is a wonderful little spot. Love the big rocks and view! Thanks for sharing.

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