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Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Garden In July (Side and Terrace Garden)

The tour of my July garden, its front part, started here. Now, the tour continues with the side border that is also seen from the street. It has perennial geranium, astilbe, ferns, rugoza rose, etc. Some of those plants, such as rugoza rose, astilbe and California lilac, are struggling in the dry shade under huge fir trees.
On the opposite side, the same plants have more moisture and flourish. These California lilacs are tall and attract hundreds of bees when in bloom:

Astilbe, which grows in moist shade, is several times bigger than its relative across the lawn:
Passing several hydrangeas on the left, we come to the 'Terrace' garden. It has only two tiers, but is still a terrace, isn't it? I probably show it more than other part of my garden because it has a lot of perennials, berry shrubs and vegetables.
The terrace garden, which is pretty wide, also has a lot of depth, about 39 feet from front to back. How does it look from inside? This is only one small part:
Perennial phlox, roses, monarda, Russian sage, daylilies...
Alliums, daisies, verbascum...

In the lower picture, on the right, you can see black currant bushes:
This year, I am having a lot of black currant berries that I eat alone. No competitors. Too tart for everyone else!
Tall plants in the right part of the next picture are Joe Pye Weeds:
Bright pink flower below belongs to rugoza rose which creates a nice divider on the border with neighbors.
Nice healthy bushes are ready to spread if you let them. Here they are:
One more loook at the terrace garden. Vegetables are on the left side. You can see tomato cages and a bamboo screen for cucumbers. I probably don't need it this year since cucumber plants grow very slow. There is just not enough heat for them.
Not in the pictures, but in this parennial/vegetable garden are: raspberries, grapes, lavender, roses, calendula, gooseberry, berberry, dahlias, gladioli, salvia, canna, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, beans and some others.
***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS
daisies art


  1. Those are the biggest Astilbe I've ever seen!

    Also the prettiest vegetable patch I've ever seen. Mine's a very productive sprawling mess. My cucumbers keep growing back! This is the third year of not planting...that was a really cool novice gardener surprise.

  2. You have an amazing garden! I covet the lush, green surroundings. The astilbe and California lilacs are so stunning! I've tried the ceanothus here, but couldn't get it established.

    We've been in the triple digits for days and probably through the weekend, dip to 97, then back to 100 again next weekend. At this rate, I'll be lucky to have a garden left by the end of the summer. May have to convert the entire garden to Russian sage!

  3. A lovely garden Tatyana! I know it is a lot of work to keep it in this wonderful condition. I have several astilbe but they sure do not multiply like yours. I think our weather gets too hot for it.


  4. Amazing what a difference the location makes for those astilbe. And that's such a pretty passage into your garden with the black arbor.

  5. Everything is looking beautiful. The upside to the PNW having so much rain this year is the lush beds! You must get deer, as I am noticing that you have all "deer resistant" plants. I have to do the same in my front yard, although they cannot get in the back. And I, too, know how difficult it is to plant under those giant fir!

  6. Bravo! A stunning garden - beautifully done! Your plants look very happy. And I love the trees, too. Nice to have some shade.

  7. Your garden is so lush and green. I have dry shade and am trying to deal with it and find the right plants to put there. What a huge Astilbe!
    Are you going to make Black Current jam/jelly? Kind of a savory jam.

  8. BeAuTiFuL!!!!!!!!!! I think that says it all. :)

  9. Tatyana, I am relatively new to your blog and I see these large parts of your garden for the first time. They are so stunning! You have created a paradise! I am wondering if you are designing and maintaining this garden all by yourself. My favorite plant in this post is the white astilbe. It looks so elegant and lightens up the shade in such a wonderful way.

  10. so lush I shall hold in it my minds eye all year !! sandy

  11. What a beautiful established garden. Your plants look ver healthy. The monad in particular is quite a size. Do you give your plants a lot of compost or feed?

  12. Thank you everyone!!!I am very, very glad you liked this part of my garden!

    Janet, The Queen of Seaford, no, I will just eat it!

    organicgardendreams, yes, it is my garden from A to Z.

    Janet, I added some compost in early spring to the terrace garden. But, not to astilbe or California lilac.

  13. How very,very beautiful your garden is, Tatyana! I would love to try Joe Pye Weed, but have never seen it here and suspect it might become invasive in our climate, so best I avoid it... Monarda I MUST try again. It disappears after a year or two for me: must find out why and nurture it better!

  14. AnonymousJuly 24, 2011

    Your gardens are gorgeous everywhere you look. I love your vegetable patch. So pretty.

  15. Kind people say how beautiful our garden is, but wow your place sure is paradise.

  16. Beautiful! I miss currant - it won't grow here... Your rugosa is lovely and so are those huge foxgloves.

  17. AnonymousJuly 24, 2011

    Tatyana, Your garden is gorgeous in July. It all looks so lush, colorful, cool, and inviting. I'm tempted to come visit! :-) -Jean

  18. The California Lilac and Astilbe are magnificent. The flowers mixed in with the vegetables look wonderful, especially those beautiful spires of foxglove.

  19. You have a wide and beautiful garden, but i think it is difficult to maintain. I love those blues and whites, adorable.

  20. Your foxglove is quite tall also I see. Jealous of your massive amounts of bee balm, I love that plant. All beautiful plants.

  21. Your garden is gorgeous and amazing Tatyana! I enjoyed looking at your photos and having a tour at your garden, love it!

  22. Lush, healthy, colorful, beautIful! I really enjoyed the tour of your gardens, this post as well as your previous one on your front garden. You are a gifted gardener. I suspect your neighbors all pass by slowly with admiring looks!

  23. You have a gorgeous garden! I too am from the Beautiful Pacific Northwest, but am currently on the East side of the state for the summer and miss the luscious green that you have in yours.

  24. Oh my it is so awesome! So green and lush and diverse! Awesome!

  25. Impressive garden!I am amazed with all the space you got there and how well you used it! Congratulations!

  26. I love your yard! Neatly lawn and I can imagine myself resting on those grasses. I can also feel the breeze from your garden just by looking at those photos. Jealous of it. lol.

  27. Hi! Tatyana your garden is the most elegant garden I had ever seen! It's so huge, and all plants are well arranged. It must have been made by someone who has artistic talent as you. Congratulations and keep it up!

  28. Oh my....your garden looks like as I imagine Heaven to beautiful!!



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