Today’s photos come from Linda Skyler.
The Skyler garden is located on Bainbridge Island, a half-hour ferry ride from Seattle. Bainbridge Island is a true gardening mecca. A mild climate with ample rain provides a great background for gardening almost year-round. I have been gardening on our small 1/3 acre for almost 40 years and will admit I am out there almost obsessively every day to enjoy all of the life. I have to share the gardens with giant Douglas firs, which cause a lot of roots and shade, but they were here first, so I have learned to accommodate them and enjoy shade gardening too.
Mown-grass paths edged with stone provide a tidy structure around the lush beds overflowing with beautiful foliage and flowers.
Contrasting foliage shapes and colors provide interest, while a container set into the border helps provide additional height.
A shady seating area from which to enjoy the garden. Repeated accents of orange pots and garden art contrast with the lush green of the garden and pull the space together.
Curving paths invite you to explore and discover what lies hidden around the next bend.
Containers and garden art in rich cobalt blue provide a counterpoint to the green foliage in this section.
Tall candelabra primroses (Primula japonica, Zones 4–8) in full flower. These primroses prefer moist soil and are much taller than most types of primroses.
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