Today Cherry Ong is taking us along on a wonderful garden visit.
I had the privilege of being invited to see Tom and Brent’s garden in Langley, Bristish Columbia, again this summer, and I thought you would enjoy these photos too.
The first things that caught my eye were these poppies. Tom said they are ‘Lauren’s Grape’ (Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’, annual) introduced by Lauren Springer of Denver.
The beautiful greenhouse was custom made by BC Greenhouse Builders. I think this is Tom’s umpteenth greenhouse.
The garden adjacent to the greenhouse is called the Stairway to Heaven, and it leads up to the pool and the old house.
This sculpture is set amid the blue-green foliage and developing seeds of Crambe maritima (Zones 5–9) and the blue-green fronds of what looks to be Phlebodium aureum (Zones 9–11).
As if sea hollies—with their spiky foliage and blue flowers weren’t enough—this one, Eryngium ‘Neptune’s Gold’ (Zones 5–9), also adds a gold flush to the foliage and blooms. It’s truly a stunning plant.
Martagon lilies (Lilium martagon hybrids, Zones 3–8), with tall spires of nodding flowers, can grow in more shade than most lilies.
One of Thomas’s favorite roses is David Austin’s ‘Carding Mill’ rose.
There’s also Koko Loko from Weeks Roses, whose color change is astounding—starting red in the bud and opening to lavender.
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