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.

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The front garden minimizes the amount of lawn with low-growing bunchgrasses – sorry, didn’t get the species.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nice window  box.

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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.

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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?

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More logs.

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I like this hammock! Actually, I’ve never met a hammock I didn’t like, except for the ones I keep falling out of.

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Bamboo marks the border of the back garden. I wonder it is difficult to contain.

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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.

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Clematis growing on a trellis by the deck.

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A comfortable  bench where you can hear the sound of water.

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A closer look at the fountain.

Many more gardens from the DC Fling still to come! That’s all for now, though.

32 Comments on “Garden Splendor in Sun and Shade”

  1. I love R maxima and when I see it in sunny gardens standing straight and tall I can’t help but laugh at how mine does a down-ward facing dog pose in the late afternoon sun. I have several photos of this front area including that very fine bench. The back garden looked newer and I wondered if it was a result of cutting back and digging out the bamboo.

  2. Fantastic garden! Particularly like the water feature. Was this bespoke or is it available from a manufacturer? I live in the UK, but would love to buy one/have one designed & built. Thanks for sharing your garden.

  3. That grass along the front looks like fountain grass. I had some along a walkway and had to take it out cause it spread like crazy. I too wonder about the logs being treated. I have old logs in my garden and bugs and water do a real number on them, but that was the point of leaving them there.

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