Linda Hostetler’s Garden of Happy Surprises
So this will be my last post about the 2017 Garden Bloggers’ Fling, and it seems right and proper to end with one of the very best of the many fine gardens we visited.
This was another Northern Virginia garden, that of garden designer Linda Hostetler. Above is a view from the street. As the title indicates, this was a garden full of happy surprises. The surprises could be objects of striking color, inspiring plant combinations, or creatures sharing the garden with people. For its size this garden had plenty of winding paths, as well as vignettes that suddenly revealed themselves to the delight of the visitor.
There were plants to enjoy, for sure. I liked her use of Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis), which I don’t have in my own garden.
Also this vertical color combination: the burgundy Coleus, orange Daylilies and dark purple Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria).
Is this lion cowardly, or just tired?
Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) and Hosta – I never thought of putting them together, but I like the mix of broad and narrow leaves. Plus, the flowers complement each other nicely.
Now that’s a bird house! Perhaps the site of an avian Fall of the House of Usher.
There were at least two small ponds, each lushly planted. I love the stairstep waterfall that feeds this pond.
A glowing orb adds mystery to a scene of primeval green.
Wish I could remember the name of this magenta flower – it was really striking.
More Bear’s Breeches with red Crocosmia.
A narrow path makes its way through colorful plantings.
Another path of stone leads to a sitting area, one of several.
Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopia) added a tropical touch.
Another pond, with a nice clump of blue Pickerel Weed (Pontederia cordata).
The ponds were very frog-friendly.
Papyrus (Caperus papyrus).
Another artificial stream rushing through the garden.
This garden had all kinds of interesting objects in a particular shade of intense blue (cobalt blue, I’ve been told).
A curving path lined with boxwood, one of the more formal-looking features in this garden.
There isn’t a lot of lawn in the back garden, but there is this inviting area with benches placed against a stone wall.
A blue arbor serves as an entrance to the lawn area, with an Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) off to the right.
We really could have used more time to enjoy this beautiful and energizing garden.
That’s all for now.