Garden Dreams #2

Enchanted - Acrylic Collage - Mary Maki Rae-2009

Spring is coming closer-! Following are Two Beautiful Small Gardens to consider and Inspire-!

A Tiny Herb Garden with Four symmetrical Beds, bordered with Santolina. Rue surrounds a Central Bed containing a large Terracotta Vase which provides a focal point and height to this composition. In each corner bed, plant a Rose Tree and fill in with Purple Sage or Bulbs. How absolutely Delightful-!

A Small Cottage Garden by the Sea
(About 20 Ft. square within the enclosing hedge)

This Charming Garden is enclosed by an Evergreen Hedge:(Berberis X stenophylla)that is extremely hardy and grows quickly into a dense green hedge with golden flowers in the Spring. Two sentinels frame the house and gate; they also strike a perfect balance to the house from a distance.
they are: Irish Yews (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata). They are slow-growing initially, but will quickly rise to 8 Feet in about 10 years, if fed regularly.
A Rose has been planted to grow up the wall of the house, which will bloom in Mid Summer. ( or you might consider Jasmin, Climbing Hydrangia, or Clematis)

The four Triangular Beds could contain hardy shrubs like Azaleas. Also you could add some early bulbs like Snowdrops, Crocus, or Hyacinth. For Summer display, plant annuals or hardy Perennials such as, Veronica, Violet, Pansies, and Potentilla. The Central Urn could be planted with Petunias and Lobelia.

This Inspiring Book is entitled:
"Creating Small Formal Gardens" By Roy Strong
Published By Conran Octopus Limited - 1989

Sir Roy Strong, formerly Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, & of the National Portrait Gallery, is established as one of Britain's leading garden historians & Designers. An avid practising gardener, has has transformed three acres of fields around his Hertfordshire home into a highly acclaimed Formal garden.


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