Today we’re in Peggy Rupert’s garden in Brookings, Oregon. We visited her garden before (Giant Snapdragons) shortly after she moved from Reno, Nevada. It is fun to be back in this garden and see how much has changed.
Since we were featured on the GPOD before, my husband and I have had a garden shed built, landscaped the former dog run, replaced worn-out lawn with pea gravel, and figured out we can’t put bird suet on our fence facing the forest because bears literally tore “through” the heavy chain link, even breaking the tough carpet zip ties my husband had used to attach the bird food! We have planted so many new-to-us shrubs, trees, and plants, discovering that some we were able to grow in the shade in Reno happily thrive in the coastal sun. We installed two new fountains that entertain the many birds and create such a calming sound to our surroundings.
A big blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–11) contrasts with hot-colored annuals in the foreground, including a particularly brilliant canna.
Gladiolus (Gladiolus hybrids, Zones 8–11 or as tender bulbs) add a dramatic vertical element to this container planting.
A rich tapestry of trees and shrubs provides lots of color and beauty for minimal work.
Peggy is certainly taking advantage of the mild climate to grow lots of plants to their lush perfection.
One of the recently installed fountains adds the sound of water to the garden and attracts birds.
In this look down the garden bed, a huge clump of red crocosmia steals the show.
A path invites you to wander down into the garden and see what beauty lies ahead.
A quiet moment of green in the garden is all about contrasting textures and simple beauty.
There used to be a suet bird feeder here. Now there is a hole, thanks to a hungry bear who had a nice little suet snack.
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