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GPOD on the Road: Vancouver Hardy-Plant Study Weekend, Part 2

Touring a beautiful garden

two chairs in the garden

Back in June, friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong attended the Vancouver Hardy Plant Study Weekend and was kind enough to share photos of some of the gardens that she toured. Today she’s taking us along to visit Gwen and Paul’s gorgeous garden and nursery.

close up of blue poppiesBlue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia, Zones 5–7) are only growable in climates with very cool, mild summers—like Vancouver, where they thrive.

annual poppiesThere are countless forms and colors of annual poppies (Papaver somniferum, annual), but these brightly colored ones are just marvelous. And of course the seedheads that come next are beautiful as well.

shady garden path with foliage plants on both sidesThis shady path is proof you don’t need a big area, sun, or even many flowers to make a beautiful garden. A wonderful tapestry of foliage, with a bold, white-variegated hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–8) catches the eye.

close up of woodland peony red seed podSome peonies are grown more for their seedpods than their flowers. This is one of the woodland peonies (probably Paeonia japonica, Zones 5–8), which grows well in shade and has lovely white flowers in the spring followed by these dramatic seedpods that split open to show their bright crimson inside.

tall foxtail lilies in the gardenFoxtail lilies (Eremurus hybrids, Zones 5–8) produce these incredible spires of flowers in early summer. They’re not hard to grow, but they tend to rot in heavy, wet soils, so give them good drainage to keep them happy.

fence made by old window frames surrounded by flowersI love this creative fencing, which visually divides the garden while still letting you see through to the plants on the other side. It looks to be made from old window frames and other found/upcycled materials.

California poppiesCalifornia poppies (Eschscholzia californica, annual) usually come in a bright shade of orange, but these softer, more pastel tones are wonderful also.

two chairs in the gardenA rock garden slopes up to a spot to sit and take in the view.

garden pondI love how the rich vegetation fills in around this pond, making it look like such a natural and seamless part of the landscape.

close up of Dactylorhiza orchidI think these spikes of intensely colored flowers are the blooms of a Dactylorhiza orchid.


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    simplesue 03/01/2024

    Wow those Blue poppies are just super!
    Love the rock garden, pond and the shady path, what a cool garden!

    1. perenniallycrazy 03/01/2024

      Swooned over many vignettes and plants in this garden!

  2. btucker9675 03/01/2024

    Oh the poppies - especially the blue one! Would that I could grow them here... That upcycled fence is terrific - so creative!

    1. perenniallycrazy 03/01/2024

      Agree. Sadly the owners sold the nursery/home and that was the last tour offered.

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