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Før og efter i Kathy og Kevin's have i Washington

--Driveway BEFORE--

 

Photos are from Kathy and Kevin Schuler in Kirkland, Washington. Kathy says, "Our garden hugs the side of a hill and is surrounded on the south and west side by a forested park. The home sits on a small parcel of land with a diminutive front yard facing north; narrow strips about five feet wide are on the east and west; the back yard is roughly 200 square feet connected to the forested park. The micro-climates are deep shade to all day sun. We live in a house with a backdrop of tall Douglas firs and mature big-leaf maples. My first thought was to create a garden following the theme of the dense woodland understory. Instead, we decided on creating order and repetition with our shrubs and trees. The challenge is to give the eye focal points and a sense of order within the context of soaring conifers and an understory of indian plum and salmonberry...."

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

--Driveway AFTER--

The first project was to screen a neighbor’s fence by planting 32 arborvitae along the driveway. We added a beautiful plumrose Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica var. elegans).
I started planting Pacific Northwest natives in 2005 when we moved into the home. There are nearly 100 sword ferns planted. Most of them come from county salvage digs. The county has yearly work party days. You volunteer 3 hours to dig natives then stay in the woodland digging up plants you would like for yourself. This is a great way to get natives into a yard. For several years I have volunteered during winter salvage digs and brought home truckloads of ferns. I recall one fern was so large I separated it into nine pieces.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

--West side BEFORE--

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

--West side AFTER--
The before picture shows the shady alley that eventually became a lush drift of sword ferns. The rocky slope is amended yearly with mulch and compost. A row of 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass provides a backdrop; the drift of sword ferns runs the 100-foot length; clumps of yellow crocosmia guide the eye down the garden to a golden euonymus at the corner of the house. The grass pathway is hugged by Wood sorrel (Oxalis oregano). The two pictures that follow show the garden in both directions.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

North side – House Front
Because the house sits on the side of a hill we have two tiers of cement block walls leading up to the front steps.
A red Japanese maple, 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass and three arborvitae help provide a sense of order contrasting the wild woodland. Rows of 'Hetz Midget' arborvitae are planted on both tiers giving the eye a resting place.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

The lower tier of cement blocks and steps are softened with sandwort (Arenaria montana).

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

A closer look at the contrast and textures of the red Japanese maple, swaying 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass and arborvitae.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

The front porch faces north. Here the deer ferns and red sorrel thrive despite the Pacific Northwest dry summer.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

The front porch faces north. Here the deer ferns and red sorrel thrive despite the Pacific Northwest dry summer.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

South – House Back
The backyard is about 200 square feet with a steep slope to one side. Drifts of sword ferns cover most of the area. Before we started the garden, the slope was covered in Himalayan blackberries, which we removed. Buried in the blackberries was a beautiful golden euonymus. I keep it pruned and skirted high to provide architectural detail.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

South – House Back
The backyard is about 200 square feet with a steep slope to one side. Drifts of sword ferns cover most of the area. Before we started the garden, the slope was covered in Himalayan blackberries, which we removed. Buried in the blackberries was a beautiful golden euonymus. I keep it pruned and skirted high to provide architectural detail.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

Plant groupings at the back of the house: Hosta 'Patriot' foreground; 'Rose Glow' Japanese barberry; 'Blue Star' juniper to the right.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

Grape vine (Vitis labrusca 'Niagara') planted with red Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

Grape vine (Vitis labrusca 'Niagara') planted with red Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

Devil’s tobacco (Lobelia tupa), a species native to central Chili, is a dramatic flower that does extremely well in the Pacific Northwest. A 'Niagara' grape vine and red crocosmia are in the background.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

Mother fern (Asplenium bulbiferum) has a graceful arching fronds providing eye catching contrast in the shady landscape.

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

The back yard against the woodland

 

Før og efter i Kathy og Kevins have i Washington

East side of the home
A stone walkway leads the way to the back of the home while a row of arborvitae adds continuity to the landscape theme and provides screening.

 

Some Native Plants in the garden:
Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)
Vine maple (Acer circinatum)
Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)
Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)
Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)
Hardhack spirea (Spiraea douglasii)
Orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)
Wood sorrel (Oxalis oregana)
Deer fern (Blechnum spicant)
Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
False Solomon’s seal (Smilacina racemosa)
Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Foam flower (Tiarella trifoliata)
Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium idahoensis)
Carpet bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Broad-leaved stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)
Wild ginger (Asarum caudatum)
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Piggyback plant youth-on-age (Tolmiea menziesii)
Dewey’s sedge (Carex deweyana)

 


 

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