This is a garden that belongs to a friend and client, and that I secretly covet because it is so peaceful and private.
It has been a work in progress over the last several years, not least of which due to the challenges of planting under a very large, very thirsty Norway maple (you can see its trunk sandwiched between the lattice panels).
This is the first year the rhododendron has bloomed significantly, but clearly it needs some attention as its leaves appear chlorotic – not the yellow we were going for!
These lattice panels and fencing allow for privacy without the feeling of being closed in. They also provide some textural interest along a flat plane that divides the properties.
Two stepped planters along the rear next to the maple’s trunk provide added planting space that is (theoretically) not taken up by maple roots and allows for more vertical interest in a confined space.
The challenge here has also been to provide intermediate height: somewhere between the overwhelming maple canopy and the scale of the perennials. We have achieved this with several small trees and shrubs: a serviceberry, a dogwood, a witchhazel, a ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple and a transplanted purple-leafed sandcherry.
We have also used a lot of yellow to brighten up this secret garden.
Never underestimate the power of the hosta :c)