Michael Passarello shared his garden in North Stamford, Connecticut, with us last week, and he happily sent in some more photos for us to enjoy today.
Michael is a garden writer, designer, and photographer who has created a low-water, low-maintenance, deerproof garden emphasizing texture and color. His garden is divided into three areas: There is an open sunny hill and a shady Zen garden path opening to a decked-dining-and-greenhouse area.
Incorporating succulents and palms for the summer, Michael’s garden is a reflection of my gardens in the California Wine Country and the Texas Gulf Coast. Selecting plants with low-water needs allows the garden to be left alone for periods of time. Deer-resistant plants eliminate the need for spraying or fencing. The tender plants are overwintered in the greenhouse.
Colorful pots of Euphorbia tiruncali ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Zones 11–12) are in the foreground, with a palm (Trachycarpus princeps, Zones 9–11) and a pink-flowered Euphorbia milli ‘Thai Hybrid’ (Zones 9–11) in the background.
Assorted air plants (Tillandsia sp.) grow on a trellis.
A variegated agave is in the front, with Yucca filimentosa ‘Golden Sword’ (Zones 5–10) in the back.
A giant elephant ear (Alocasia macrorrhizos, Zones 9–11) brings huge, tropical leaves to this area.
Spineless yucca (Yucca elephantipes, Zones 9–10) is commonly used as a houseplant, but it makes a great statement in this bed above trailing moss phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 2–8) and variegated heartleaf ice plant (Apenia cordifolia ‘Crystal’, Zones 10–11).
The long, narrow leaves of Agave geminiflora (Zones 9–11) almost look like an ornamental grass in the back of this bed. Dark foliage from Cryptobergia ‘Rubra’ (Zones 9–11) and black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Zones 6–11) contrast beautifully with brightly colored Euphorbia tiruncali ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Zones 11–12) in the foreground.
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