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Tatyana’s garden in Washington State, revisited, Day 2

Front plant bed has a variety of shades of green, numerous shapes, forms, sizes, and also contrast.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

Welcome to Day 2 of Tatyana’s garden in Washington! Yesterday we saw lots of great elements from Tatyana’s garden, but today we see a more backed-off view.

View of the backyard. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

If you missed what she had to say yesterday, here’s a recap: “Recently, my garden was on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour benefiting literacy programs for kids and adults. More than a thousand people visited during the tour. The garden is 9 years old. It’s eclectic with features of an English cottage garden, some formal elements and some oriental and northwestern features.

Plant bed with ligularia, Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’), Japanese maple, hosta, smoke bush, barberry, etc. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

“The guests liked the lushness and variety of plants and their combinations, mixing perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs. Many of them said that the garden has a peaceful, calm atmosphere and that it is understatedly elegant.

Cutting garden with meadow rue (Thalictrum), foxgloves, and poppies towering above the other plants. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

“I do all the garden work beside the lawn care. I like to dig, rake, plant, divide, start new projects, and turn the lawn into plant beds. I learn through success and failure, garden books, blogs, and tours. I try to grow only plants that I love. I believe a garden reflects one’s individual taste and should be a space that works best for its owners.”

Cutting garden shows through one of the arches. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

Even more beautiful. Thanks so much, Tatyana, for sharing your garden with us! **Be sure to visit Tatyana’s blog, MySecretGarden, for even more views.

I’ll say it again: This is prime time to take some photos in your garden. So get out there with your cameras and send some in! Email them to [email protected].

Kitchen garden with fava beans, pole beans, lettuce, potatoes, potted herbs, and some flowers. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Planting some tall plants in front of the cutting garden creates an intimate and cozy enclosed garden room. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Lavender-flowering meadow rue (Thalictrum), on the both sides of the little statue, was the most popular plant during the garden tour. Some plants are 9 feet tall. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Two metal arches with climbing roses and Clematis montana lead to the back garden. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Shade garden with blooming corydalis, native wild plants, and coleus. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Part of the cutting garden seen through the grape gazebo. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy
Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ and Echinacea purpurea ‘Primadonna White’. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tatyana Searcy

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  1. user-1020932 07/26/2013

    another day of great photos of a great garden. i'm sure you spend LOTS of time working in the garden but gardeners generally don't view it as "work". great job and i love it all

  2. flowerladydi 07/26/2013

    Again Tatyana,,,,, truly beautiful!!

    I love the blue corydalis,,, I have not seen that in a while here in illinois,,,, the yellow seems to do better, but love the blue! ALso the thalictrum is Fabulous!!

    I love the structure of the boxwood and the whimsy of the other beds, such a nice balance!


  3. wGardens 07/26/2013

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing great photos of your "Labors of Love"! I had no idea that meadow rue would grow so tall!

    I would imagine that your tour folks were reluctant to leave. So much to see and appreciate!

  4. bee1nine 07/26/2013

    Hi Tatyana, Have been immersed by all your wonderfully
    exuberant, showcase photo's, and blog. Couldn't agree with
    you more on your philosophy to grow what we love, and how we use our space!
    Thank you muchly for this grand mini garden tour.

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    meander_michaele 07/26/2013

    Well, Tatyana, today's pictures definitely do NOT fact, they enchant and enthrall me. You have so many wonderful plant groupings. Each choice seems to be a perfect companion for the other plants in its vicinity.
    Your home itself is beautiful and sits like a gorgeous jewelry box as all the gems of plantings spill out and surround it.The grape vines are really doing their job as you envisioned and giving wonderful shade for under the gazebo. Everything is stunning and so well maintained.

  6. tractor1 07/26/2013

    A lovely garden with so many photo opportunities... I'd love to see this garden in the different seasons, especially blanketed in winter snow. Thank you, Tatyana.

    See Spot... see Spot run. . . .

  7. terieLR 07/26/2013

    Now this is some Very Fine Gardening!

  8. pattyspencer 07/26/2013

    Another day of beautiful photos of your garden - so green and lush - everything looks happy to be living with you!

  9. AnnaSabina 07/26/2013

    Your garden looks beautiful - so amazingly well kept and cared for. I always hope that my garden will look a little bit like that one day. Thank you for the inspiration - love the poppy seed capsules!

  10. olympic_mtn_gardener 07/26/2013

    Wow! I love the way that you have incorporated English cottage garden, formal, oriental and northwestern features--and it all works so well together. I only wish that I had known about the Gig Harbor Garden tour so I could have visited your garden in person!

  11. janeeliz 07/26/2013

    Lush almost seems an understatement! Many of my favorite plants and everything seems to be at its absolute point of perfection. I'd LOVE to visit your garden, Tatyana. You've done a fantastic job creating it. Yes, I, too, would love to see it in all seasons...will definitely check your blog.

  12. cwheat000 07/26/2013

    Today you really get a sense of the structure of the garden and it is wonderful. Thalictrum is one of the few genera I have not tried. I bet it is even better when you are standing next to it and you can relate to its size. Thank you for all the inspiration.

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