Lisa Stone shared today’s photos with us. Here’s what she had to say:
I’ve been gardening at Penner-Ash Winery in Newberg, Oregon, for about 10 years. I am a gardener and garden designer. I grow many of the plants as well as seeding areas with shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas, annual), sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual), etc. There is a vegetable garden I tend for the employees and visiting chefs. I think you can see some of the raised beds in the photos.
My approach to the gardens is wild and free and hopefully a delight to the eyes! Large groupings of sunflowers are planted in every bed. The bees love the drifts of lavender (Lavandula spp., Zones 5–8), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 4–9), and sunflowers. I call this garden controlled chaos. It is my joy.
Flowery borders overflowing with color. The vines of the vineyard are visible in the background.
Blue spires of delphinum (Delphinium elatum, Zones 2–7) and lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–8) in the foreground, with the vegetable garden beyond.
Delphiniums with a view! Beautiful flowers up close, and a dramatic landscape beyond.
Not just the flowers get a great view. How wonderful would it be to relax in these wooden chairs, surrounded by great gardens with sweeping views in front of you?
A close-up of Lisa’s “controlled chaos.” Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–7), echinacea, sunflowers, and delphinium all mingle in wild abandon.
The loose, wild appearance of this planting is kept from looking messy by its narrow color scheme. Yellow flowers and foliage mingle with masses of soft purple flowers of lavender. This planting shows that when it comes to color in the garden, a limited palette can be the most effective.
An even closer look at the yellow-and-lavender color scheme. Yellow comes from rudbeckia and the variegated leaves of variegated yucca (Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’, Zones 5–10), which contrast with the fragrant spikes of lavender.
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