Garden Photo of the Day

Returning to a Fabulous Garden

Another visit to some wonderful plantings

It’s always wonderful when Linda Skyler sends in more photos of her incredible garden on Bainbridge Island (start checking out her previous GPOD posts here), so I’m happy to have more photos from her garden to share with you all today!

A lush green patch of perfect lawn creates negative space for the densely planted, lush garden beds around it. Inside the little pavilion, an orange floor and collection of orange and brown pots makes an intense point of color that contrasts strongly with the intense green all around it.

Mown turf paths lead you through the garden, with each bed a rich collection of different textures. A large, brilliant red urn in the center of this image draws your eye forward and makes you want to walk down the winding paths to explore. The one thing you don’t see in this garden is bare ground! Sometimes the simplest thing you can do to improve the visual effect of your garden is just to add more plants.

I love this narrow path that leads through the garden to dappled sun and a small greenhouse. Even in a small garden, it is great to have a destination, something just visible that the paths lead to. Taller shrubs and thick plantings partially obscure the destination, turning a walk in the garden into an exploration.

The house just peaks through the junglelike garden, while a screaming pink bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–11) is in full flower in the foreground.


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    meander_michaele 09/18/2019

    Linda, you really do have a remarkable garden. It is so very (very) lush and seems fascinating no matter what direction one looks. I love all the grass pathways and because of your use of an edging material, everything looks so well maintained and inviting. I have an early errand to run and will look forward to getting back so I can look again at today's pictures and also take a walk down memory lane of revisiting some of your previous submissions. Your garden is very inspiring.

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    treasuresmom 09/18/2019

    No words for it, Linda. Amazing! Do you have to do any weeding at all?

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    pattyeckels 09/18/2019

    I, too, am at a loss for words! Just lovely!

  4. Chris_N 09/18/2019

    Hi Linda! Seeing your garden again is just a great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing.

  5. annegad 09/18/2019

    Your garden is absolutely fabulous. I have gardener’s envy at how lush it is. I also went back to visit your earlier posts. Than you so much for sharing the beauty of your garden with us.

  6. carolineyoungwilliams 09/18/2019

    Linda, your flower garden is very beautiful. I really enjoyed the tour. It have inspired me to fill in more space with flowers. I love the idea of just having walking trails...maybe after retirement :-) Thank you so much for sharing .

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    simplesue 09/18/2019

    A masterpiece of a garden! Every inch full of interest!
    I'd love to take a walk down those grassy paths right now! Love the way your house is nestled into the garden. I clicked the link to your other garden photos posted on Fine Gardening and enjoyed those also! Thanks for sharing! Your garden is a great accomplishment!

  8. JohnsonofMillCreek 09/18/2019

    Such a gorgeous Pacific NW garden. I'm convinced we live in a gardeners paradise here! Thanks for sharing your garden again!

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