Garden Splendor in Sun and Shade
So another suburban DC garden we visited on the second day of the Fling was that of garden designer Debbie Friedman. I found this garden interesting in part because, like mine, hers is sunny in front and with a good deal of shade in the back.
The front garden minimizes the amount of lawn with low-growing bunchgrasses – sorry, didn’t get the species.
I like this simple wooden bench. It seems people rarely sit in their front yards, but why shouldn’t they? You can take a break from gardening, watch the traffic, or greet passing neighbors.
In the foreground, a see-through screen of Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis). And in back, instead of the usual foundation planting, a border full of pollinator-friendly plants.
I think that’s Large Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima). Now that I have R. laciniata, R. maxima might be the next one I have to acquire.
Nice window box.
Heading to the back garden, we notice this unusual paving made with crosscut logs. The same material is used throughout the shady part of the back garden.
This shady area is newly planted with ferns, grasses, and wildflowers. A hollowed log suits very well as an art piece for a woodland garden. Has the wood been treated, I wonder, or will it be allowed to decay?
I like this hammock! Actually, I’ve never met a hammock I didn’t like, except for the ones I keep falling out of.
Bamboo marks the border of the back garden. I wonder it is difficult to contain.
Close to the house, the back garden turns quite sunny. Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) and other colorful flowers grow in a bed between lawn and patio.
Clematis growing on a trellis by the deck.
A comfortable bench where you can hear the sound of water.
A closer look at the fountain.
Many more gardens from the DC Fling still to come! That’s all for now, though.