We’re back today with Sharon Danovich Lupone, visiting her garden in Pittsburgh, where she likes to create spaces that remind her of her favorite gardens in places like Charleston, South Carolina.
On the back patio, the brick wall is decorated with intricate ironwork and a planter mounted on the wall.
A water feature Sharon designed is a centerpiece of the patio area. The water surface is decorated with floating water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes, Zones 10–11 or as an annual). Water lettuce is a great addition to water gardens as an annual in cold climates, but it shouldn’t be grown in frost-free zones, as it can become a serious invasive weed.
This climbing rose (looks like the variety ‘Fourth of July’) was trained to grow up the ironwork on the patio.
And this Euonymus (Zones 5–9) was trained up the brick wall. If you look carefully, you can see the guide wires that are there to train the euonymus along. Once it is all filled in, it will produce a diamond pattern of green against the bricks.
A joggling board sits on the patio. If you have never heard of joggling boards, you are not alone. They are a Charleston, South Carolina, specialty and are somewhat like rocking chairs; instead of rocking back and forth, however, they joggle from side to side.
A smokebush (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 5–9) by the patio is covered with the clouds of airy seed heads that give it its common name.
A long shot of the patio area
The patio stairs, leading down into the lower back garden
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