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Tia's have i Washington

A landscape designer suggested this house color as a backdrop to a garden. The hot red/orange trim is my signature. I used it throughout with flowers, glass art, and a big pot not shown in these pics.

 

Photos are from Tia Scarce, who says, "These photos are from my Kirkland, Washington, garden. It was eight years in the making. My goal was to create a garden that can withstand our annual dry period without any supplemental water. Pesticide-free, only the lawn got an occasional hit with organic fertilizer. I mulched every three years or so with a rich compost. We recently sold it, opting instead for a smaller, sunnier, easier to maintain property."

 

Tias have i Washington

--BEFORE-- The side yard looked like this before I got started. We were still cleaning up after the big windstorm of 2006.

 

Tias have i Washington

--AFTER-- The taller plants in the bed above are Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’, Acer ‘Shishigashira’, Panicum ‘Shenandoah’, and Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’.

 

Tias have i Washington

My husband and I installed the gravel path and stepping stones as a replacement for a narrow, heaved up concrete sidewalk. I quickly gave up trying to keep it debris-free. The tall conifers won that battle.

 

Tias have i Washington

A peek into the backyard. None of what you see here was there when we moved in in 2006 except, of course, the borrowed view from across the fence.

 

Tias have i Washington

I included this shot of our backyard path to the shed because it shows a very satisfying DIY project (albeit in need of maintenance here). After taking out a small basketball court we used the concrete chunks to make this connection to shed from the back of the house. After some time I removed that ground cover (leptinella?) between the pieces because it was running rampant in the lawn.

 

Tias have i Washington

Too many thing to name!

 

Tias have i Washington

The garden was a certified wildlife habitat via the National Wildlife Federation.

 

Tias have i Washington

This bed was one of my favorites, combining Berberis ‘Concorde’, our native kinnikinnick, a long-forgotten amsonia, Crocosmia ‘Coleton Fishaacre’ (a luscious gold), a cute larix, brunnera (possibly my fave perennial), and ceratostigma.

 

Welcome in Tia Scarce's garden! "These photos are from my Kirkland, Washington, garden. It was eight years in the making. My goal was to create a garden that can withstand our annual dry period without any supplemental water. Pesticide-free, only the lawn got an occasional hit with organic fertilizer. I mulched every three years or so with a rich compost. We recently sold it, opting instead for a smaller, sunnier, easier to maintain property."

 

Tias have i Washington

Blue fescue, a very decorative begonia, and a very forgiving fern under a 'Limelight' hydrangea, with a dwarf ginkgo in the corner.

 

Tias have i Washington

More of the reds and oranges that I rely on for continuity in my gardens

 

Tias have i Washington

A hardy fuchsia with a hakonechloa

 

Tias have i Washington

This is a fall peek through the seed heads of the Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ against the color of the 'Shishigashira' Japanese maple with the Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ showing its fall habit.

 

Tias have i Washington

This enkianthus was a stunner in the spring and fall, here overhanging a coleus and hardy cyclamen.

 

Tias have i Washington

An atmospheric fall day showing off the Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’ with Physocarpus ‘Coppertina’ behind

 


 

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