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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Slope Garden Extraordinaire - 2


This garden has never been on a garden tour. Nevertheless, I consider it to be one of the most beautiful gardens which I’ve seen in my life. I’ve been watching it since we moved to our neighborhood. In this post, I included pictures which I began taking in 2005. This garden never disappoints me!


The garden of Mrs. S. is located on a slope. I think she created a masterpiece and managed to showcase each and every plant on this slope.

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There is no lawn in the garden. All the space is taken by trees, shrubs, ferns and perennials. This is a perfect example of a garden with good bones. Winter or summer, autumn or spring, the garden attracts and excites.


Being of oriental descent, Mrs. S. uses dozens of plants belonging to the Far East which gives a certain oriental flavor to this place. Regular and dwarf conifers, aralias, Japanese maples, shrubs including rhododendrons and azalias create the garden’s core. Meticulously trimmed, they look good all year round, but the garden has the most color in the spring when the shrubs are blooming.


I love the variety of poodle trees and topiaries.

Ground covers, bulbs and perennials are not overwhelming and serve as colorful accents between the shrubs.


Garden decor is limited and very tasteful with most of the pieces located in the back garden.

White on white – why not?

The back garden can’t be seen from the street. I felt privileged to be invited to see it.

It is not one bit less exciting than the front garden.

Rocks creating dry creeks are as decorative as practical.

A fountain is the only big piece of garden decor there.

Sedums, Japanese anemone, crocosmia and ferns together with shrubs surround it.

Hydrangeas and some dahlias add excitement to the autumn garden.

Fuchsias, including tall tree fuchsias, in the front and back gardens are spectacular:

I think the autumn garden is absolutely gorgeous:

Japanese maples are stunning.

What not to love here?

Mrs. S is a hard working lady. A passionate gardener, she does all the job herself without any hired help. Can you imagine pruning and trimming all the plants? I take my hat off to her.


My previous post about a garden on a slope is Slope Garden Extraordinaire. It’s interesting to see how two gardeners approached their slopes. The gardens are very different, but both are oh so charming!

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. WOW! What is NOT to love! Having a blank slope slate myself I can only hope to create a fraction of that beauty!
    ps--your like Slope link at the bottom doesn't work
    Says it doesn't exist... but I think I remember the post, from Edmonds, Wa maybe

  2. Superb colours and design, but you'd have to be pretty fit!

  3. Thank you xo-xo-xo and Hermes! The link is fixed!

  4. Wow, she must be extremely dedicated to manage that garden without help! Obviously a very talented gardener, the garden is simply stunning!

  5. Both gardens are full of the gardener's personality. They are both beautiful...I would love to stroll through the paths of the second garden..

  6. Tatyana, those are great photos of an interesting garden - you really don't need any grass at all to make a beautiful space!

  7. This is a fantastic garden!


  8. In this garden I would be outside all day!So beautiful, a dreamgarden.
    Greetings, Diny

  9. Stunning! What a wonderful garden and gardener. To think she does this all by herself. What a talent and love for gardening she has.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It was pure delight.

    Now I'll go check the other slope garden.

    Happy Spring and Happy Gardening,


  10. Tatyana,

    Fitting to be on a gardening magazine cover. The lady knows what she is doing! Makes the rest of us look like beginners.

  11. Such beautiful garden...Thank you for sharing this gorgeousness with us:)So much to see and get inspired of.As you said,really have to raise a hat for Mrs S.Have a lovely week:)

  12. My whole garden is on a slope so I am always looking for ideas. The garden in the older post with its more relaxed and natural look is more my style. However, you really made me appreciate the garden of Mrs. S with its Japanese influences. I especially liked the dry stream bed in the back. She has chosen a style and carried it beautifully through the whole property.

  13. I find this garden and this style to be amazingly interesting... all the detail is great... I will spend a lot of time studying your photos... thank you for sharing such a lovely spot! Larry

  14. Wow, what a beautiful garden! I can't believe that she maintains that all by herself. Impressive! Carla

  15. Oh Wow, that is the most fantastic garden which I have yet seen. The plants are placed perfectly so as not to have an over packed look. The poodle trees, we call cloud trees. This garden would have looked good with poor photographs, you have done it justice with your lovely pictures.

  16. What an absolute treat to see this garden! Thanks for fabulous photos so we could enjoy it as well. Amazing.

  17. Fabulous, Tatyana! I would also be honored to stroll this garden. What a talented, hard working gardener. Thank you for the tour!

  18. That's a beautiful garden. I love seeing azaleas and a rhododendron in bloom. Lots of trimmed shrubs too, must be quite a bit of work..

  19. Wow! Just simply gorgeous.And it looks beautiful from every angle too. There is so much going on int the beds. I love it!

  20. What a labour of love and a magical place! Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden

  21. Love this garden. The only thing I dont see is a bench- somewhere to sit and enjoy. Wonderful!!

  22. Wow! What a beautiful garden! It must be nice to know another gardener so close. Can't believe this garden has never been on a tour! Either they don't want to be, or someone has seriously overlooked this beauty!

  23. Hats off to Mrs. S! That would be a full-time job caring for her gardens. They are amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. She is in the perfect climate for growing all the beautiful Asian- influenced plants.

  24. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! I hope Mrs.S. will be happy to know that people love her garden! She spends a lot of time taking care of it. Every time when I stop my car and tell her how gorgeous her garden is, she says 'A lot of work!'

  25. That's a gorgeous garden Tatyana! Thanks for sharing them. I have a soft spot for conifers, they are beautiful plants and add so much structure in the garden too!

  26. The view of Mrs. S garden on each different angle look so amazing. You are so lucky to be invited.

  27. That is one incredible feat of landscaping beauty. Mrs S is one incredible woman! Wow, I'm in awe.

  28. Tatyana my mouth is still hanging open. This is absolutely gorgeous. Now I can't wait to go see #1. Thanks so much for showing us this beautiful slope.

  29. Wow! Gorgeous. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Amazing.
    Thanks for the tour. My hat is also off to Mrs. S.

  30. Wow! This is an inspiring garden! Mrs. S has quite the eye for design.

    It makes me want to get out in my yard that much more badly...sigh...snow, please melt.

  31. The color is amazing! I can tell that Mrs. S has poured her soul as well as her hard work into her garden. Lucky are the neighbors who get to see her garden as they pass by!

  32. Like everyone else has said, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazingly beautiful! Would love to visit it in person. How wonderful for you to get to see it, and thank you for sharing it with us.

  33. The garden is a little to busy for me, the eye has a hard time focusing.

  34. Thank you everyone!

    Greggo, how about a glass of vine?

  35. I admire gardens that are always beautiful no matter the time of year. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Amazing is the only word to describe these images!

  37. Это что-то невероятное! Как же эта замечательная Mrs.S.смогла создать одна такую красоту? Ничего подобного никогда не видела.

  38. Now I have some great ideas for my hill in the backyard! Thanks for posting this!

  39. I have a sloping front yard that slopes to the side. You have some wonderful ideas here!


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