Today we’re visiting Ana Pfueger’s garden.
My husband and I own a landscape business in beautiful New Jersey. Here are a few photos of my small courtyard patio. It’s our little paradise.
The courtyard space consists of shade-loving plants: ferns, astilbe, hydrangea, lily (Lilium sp.), bleeding heart (Dicentra sp.), Veronica, Spirea, and Carex. Boxwoods (Buxus sp.) frame the perimeter. I threw an elephant ear (Alocascia escuelenta, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) into the mix for a little drama.
I had a little fun out front with my containers and window boxes. Containers had some rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum, Zones 5–7), Iresine (bloodleaf, Zones 9–11 or as an annual), ivy (Hedera helix, Zones 5–9), caladium, and good-old-fashioned impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual). They all played well together.
This courtyard patio garden packs a lot of plants into a small area. The elephant ear brings bold contrast and a tropical flair to the shade-loving perennials.
This window box is so much fun, with impatiens weaving their way through a bold collection of foliage plants, including the white-leaved caladium (Caladium ‘Aaron’, Zones 9–11 or as annual) and the colorful stems of Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris, annual).
The container here echoes the form and colors of the windowbox but uses some different plants. A large hosta takes center stage, backed up by more impatiens, a purple-leaved oxalis (Oxalis regnellii, Zones 7–11 or as annual), and a variegated Mezoo Livingstone daisy (Mesembryanthemum ‘Mezoo’, Zones 10–11 or as annual).
Another view of the courtyard shows how the neatly clipped boxwood hedges contain and give order to the exuberant plantings.
Diverse textures and colors of foliage give this space interest and beauty that will last all season long.
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