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Monday, May 21, 2012

Front Garden - May 2012

I am certainly happy with my plantbed in front of the house. Created without  preliminary design, just by adding, step by step,  favorite plants, it has developed into a lush eclectic focal point.

Tree peony, bluebells and forget-me-nots are the only blooming things here right now . Nevertheless, the bed looks pretty colorful.

 Japanese maple Autumn Moon alone provides several colors:

 Helleborus foetidus, oriental lilies and tree peony each have different shades of green:

Angelina Stonecrop  mimics the Helleborus foetidus color:

Fuchsia hanging basket is here temporarily. It needs to be moved into the shade:

Texture, texture, texture...

 Mister Lincoln rose's new foliage is close in tone to the Japanese maple:

My favorite view from above. The list of all the plants were given in the earlier post HERE

Also in front of the house, on the other side of a path to the central entrance, is an  island with two huge fir trees:

Sweet woodruff is a wonderful groundcover which doesn't mind dry poor soil and a dense mat of the tree roots:

 Azalea, pieris, Knock-Out rose, some grasses, boxwood and rosemary - what an eclectic mix! There is no design idea here too. I am just trying to see what plants will survive here in competition with the firs. Pieris and the rose require extra watering and fertilizing. 

Rosemary feels good in this spot. It didn't like a more shady and moist spot behind the house.

Tulips in the container lasted pretty long - almost a month since the first bloom opened!

Have a great week ahead!
***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. Your plant bed at the front is looking gorgeous! The plants are looking great and are in harmony with each other. Well done Tatyana!

  2. AnonymousMay 21, 2012

    You must be so pleased with this - truly lovely! I especially like your aerial shot and the beautiful Japanese Maples x

  3. O Tatyana, this is amazing! Your front garden is probably larger and certainly has more plants than our backyard. You created a treasure. I don't think anyone can just pass your front garden without pausing for a moment and take it all in. You probably do that every day. I know I would.

  4. Very pretty and serene.


  5. Tatiana, your front bed is lovely, an d the tulips in a vase- it's a great idea! The Japanese maple with dark-purple leaves is beautiful.

  6. Hi Tayana, Wowzers is about all I can say! You've got such great taste for design and your discipline means you don't crowd your plants. (This is something I constantly fall prey to.) The tulip container looks so lovely with the tulips raised up a bit. I also love that stone planter under the window with the purple petunias. The whole effect is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Great layers, form and colors!

    That bed of sweet woodruff en masse is so heavenly! Dry shade and deer resistant -- I may just have to try this!

  8. Your garden is so lovely! The colors and textures provide for a very serene surrounding. You must spend hours enjoying the fruits of your labor!

  9. It's gorgeous Tatyana ~ hard to believe no plan! So many wonderful textures, I think you have a design gift! Also, I LOVE that beautiful raised container in the 5th photo (with purple petunias?)

  10. Your red flowers tend to scream quite aloud in your garden.
    Love the sunshine - it looks so morning and fresh peeking among the garden plants.

  11. What wonderful use of texture - and the mass of Sweet Woodruff is wonderful!

  12. Very nice, Looks like lot of work. lol.

  13. AnonymousJune 02, 2012

    You have a wonderfull garden !!!


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