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Thomas Hobbs’s and Brent Beattie’s Country Garden

Special plants in a marvelous garden

dark purple poppy flowers

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.

dark purple poppy flowersThe 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.

greenhouse in the garden surrounded by plantsThe beautiful greenhouse was custom made by BC Greenhouse Builders. I think this is Tom’s umpteenth greenhouse.

faux log planter pot with succulentsTom is crazy over faux bois, and those planters are as gorgeous as they look in the photos.

path winding through dense plantingsThe garden adjacent to the greenhouse is called the Stairway to Heaven, and it leads up to the pool and the old house.

blue and purple flowersThis nigella (Nigella damascena, annual) and catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8) are blooming together.

garden sculpture behind unique foliage plantsThis 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).

plantings for purple flowers and bright green foliageAs 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.

tall pink liliesMartagon lilies (Lilium martagon hybrids, Zones 3–8), with tall spires of nodding flowers, can grow in more shade than most lilies.

peach colored rosesOne of Thomas’s favorite roses is David Austin’s ‘Carding Mill’ rose.

pink and purple rose bloom

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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    treasuresmom 07/20/2022

    Love the poppies and lilies.

  2. hazyhill 07/20/2022

    Love those faux bois planters! Who made these?

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/20/2022

      Where he sources his antiques is a trade secret but his nursery is filled with them.

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    simplesue 07/20/2022

    Oh I love their garden!
    Oh Oh Oh! The greenhouse, the faux stump with Mother Hen and Chicks, I just want to wander their garden grounds and explore everything!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/20/2022

      Hope you can visit their garden on one of the garden tours they offer every late spring/early summer.

  4. btucker9675 07/20/2022

    Oh! Those poppies!! This garden is stupendous!

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