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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Random Notes From My Recent Garden Tour. Part 2 - Terrace (Cutting) Garden

 I call it Terrace Garden because there are two levels in it. The Garden Tour committee called it a Cutting Garden.

This part of the garden got the most attention during the tour.
The visitors especially noticed the variety and the size of the plants.
Perennials make up the majority of the plants here.
Annuals are represented by nicotiana, snapdragon and African daisy and mostly serve as fillers for spots which got vacant because of bunnies.
The little cute creatures chomped on delphinium grandiforum and young hollyhocks several days before the tour.
There are several things I'd like to say about this garden. 
First, I don't use mulch here. No mulch at all. I want my plants to seed - this is reason number one.
I don't like the look of mulch - it is reason number two.
I like to see the soil and watch the new growth emerging and try to guess what is that growth.
How do I keep the weeds off?
On the paths, I use a cover  - long narrow pieces of black plastic which our kayaks were wrapped in. On the beds, I do occasional weeding. Close planting helps to reduce the weed population.
The most frustrating weed is oxalis corniculata. 

Verbena bonariensis and Echinacea

Second, in the Terrace Garden I do violate the rule about putting shorter plants in front and taller plants behind.
There is Joe Pie weed, for example, on the front together with foxgloves and poppies.
It helps to provide privacy and coziness when I am inside the terrace garden.
I don't see the cul-de-sac, and nobody sees me.
I am in a cottage garden alone with humming birds, bees and butterflies.

Third, I mix flowers, shrubs and vegetables in the terrace garden.
There are also raspberries, black currant, grapes, gooseberries and strawberries here.
Beans, tomatoes, pumpkins and herbs get along with the other plants.

The most popular among the guests was  Meadow Rue  (Thalictrum):

 The plants are towering more than 8-9 feet tall! I bought them a year ago at Celestial Dream Gardens

The cloud of purple blooms looks wonderful:

Red poppies grow pretty tall too, competing with foxgloves, monarda, oriental lilies and calla.

 The height of the foxgloves was surely noticed. They love it here!
They grow well in the sandy soil and self seed abundantly.
My main challenge in this situation is to thin them out. Otherwise, they'll create a foxglove forest!

Salvia nemorosa 'New Dimension Blue'

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red Strain'

Many plants ended blooming before the tour, but their foliage added to the texture of the garden.

Blue poppy finished blooming in the first days of June, but its seedpods on the tall stems got their share of attention.

Meconopsis sheldonii (Blue Poppy)

Several people after seeeing roses in the terrace garden, exclaimed: This is a garden without deers!
Well, I wish! There are deers that come to my garden day and night. 
The only thing that helps me to keep them away is Liquid Fence.

Rose Mr. Lincoln

 Verbascum, Salvia, Eremurus,  Centranthus


Foxglove, Verbena, Echinacea, Artishok

Many visitors praised the lushness, variety and peacefulness of the Terrace Garden.
I wish they saw it now when more plants are blooming.
Part 1 is HERE

***Copyright 2013 TatyanaS


  1. Your terrace garden is beautiful, thanks for showing it! I don't like mulch either, for all the same reasons as you, but I thought I was the only one. You keep hearing mulch, mulch, mulch. But I like things to self-sow, and I like to plant closely to crowd out the weeds, and I just don't like the look of it. I'm trying to get a patch of foxgloves going, but I just planted them this year, so we'll see.

    1. Alison, thanks! I am sure foxgloves will grow well in your garden. I wish I had more white ones, they look stunning!

  2. Such a beautiful part of your gorgeous garden! I'm so sorry that we couldn't make the tour but Alison and I were at the garden bloggers fling in San Francisco. It's great to hear that you had a positive experience sharing your garden!

    1. outlawgardener, thank you! It was great to have so many guests in my garden! Moreover, we finished several projects, cleaned all the corners of the garden, and, of course, I bought a lot of plants!

  3. Thank you for the tour in your beautiful garden, it all looks lush but peaceful. I also never mulch my garden, is not necessary for it is full of plants and seedlings.
    Wish you happy gardening and a lovely summer. We have lovely warm weather too.

    1. Janneke, thanks! I am so glad you liked the pictures!

  4. I love your terrace garden!!!!! I recently bought some verbena bonariensis and LOVE it. We had a LOT of rain just after I got it and it had white on the leaves and I'm hoping the plants will survive in spite of that. They are still giving me flowers.

    What a treat and wonderful haven your garden must be to you to see and be in every day.

    Happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorraine, thank you! I hope yours and mine verbena b. will seed!

  5. So beautiful! I'm sure your visitors were thrilled with the display. One day, I hope to visit.

    1. Freda, thanks! You are very welcome!!!

  6. Fabulous photos as every Tatyana

  7. Just an amazing garden..I love all the flowers mixed in especially those foxgloves...and I was wondering how you keep the critters away from the veggies interplanted.

    1. Donna, thanks! I use Liquid Fence for deers and bunnies. The problem is - they try new and new types of plants which you haven't sprayed. And, you can't spray herbs! So, my fennel, for example, got eaten!

  8. I can see why the meadow rue was so popular! And your garden is foxglove heaven!

    1. Jason, thank you! Those foxglove would take over the garden! They love loose soil and grow well without any fertilizer.

  9. I am struck by so much movement bells a swinging, Rue a waving and others dancing!!...

    1. sandyland, dancing - ha-ha, I love it! Thanks!

  10. Tatyana, I don't think I have seen so much of your garden before, it is absolutely gorgeous. It is extremely English looking, we have just planted those perennial foxgloves, I will look forward to seeing them bloom, probably next year, however I don't expect them to compare with the biennial ones. Beautiful photography and I would like to see Echinacea growing as well in our garden.

    1. Alistair, this is one of the best compliments for my garden - extremely English looking! Thank you!

  11. How fun to create a secret garden within a garden! And the idea of a "Foxglove Forest" is very appealing to me. Thanks for including us in the tour!

    1. PlantPostings, thank you SO much! I already started to thin out new foxglove seedlings!

  12. I am in awe of your garden! Even your V. bonariensis looks great (it looks absolutely awful in my garden right now - toppling over, faded, and covered with mildew). But of all the stunning plants, I have to say it was the blue poppy seed pods that stopped me in my tracks. Awesome!

    1. Sarah, Thanks! I agree, they are beautiful, those seed pods! Should I try to collect the seeds? Everyone says it's so tough to grow blue poppy from seeds!

  13. Your garden is amazing, Tatyana. I wish I could see it in person. I agree with Alistair that you have achieved an English cottage garden look. I also ignore the rules about having tall at the back and short at the front -- giving depth and interest to the garden. Beautiful. P. x

    1. Pam, thank you! My garden is in bloom as never before. If an English man says it's English garden, then it is! I'd be happy to see you in my garden!


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