Accent plantings in the landscape garden

Special places in the landscape garden

“Let’s do something special over there”.  That phrase always delights me.  As a “landscape artist”, I love seeing and creating distinctive spots in the landscape garden. Today, I will share some of these with you.

A place to sit and think while enjoying the azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas
A place to sit and think while enjoying the azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas

When I told my mother, Jane B. Schulz, what I was writing about, she quoted a poem right off the top of her head.  She said she had to memorize it in school as punishment for some wrongdoing.  I loved it. Jane is into SHARING, click on her name and check her blog.  Here’s the poem–

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower -but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

–Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The rock led my attention through the lenten rose and threadleaf maple to the pagoda.  serendipity
The rock led my attention through the lenten rose and threadleaf maple to the pagoda. serendipity

Anyway, somehow that poem reminded me of a picture I had taken of a secluded bird bath back in early March.  Here it is—

This birdbath was a visual treat in early march
This birdbath was a visual treat in early march

I knew about where the bird bath had been but I couldn’t find it.  I looked for a while and, there it was, stuck back in a hydrangea planting.  I love it and I really enjoyed the floating blue flowers.  I’ll bet the birds don’t have any trouble finding it

I knew it was there.   It took a while to find the bird bath nestled in the hydrangeas.
I knew it was there. It took a while to find the bird bath nestled in the hydrangeas.

At another location, I walked around to the pool to see one of my favorites—It’s sort of like an outdoor dish garden with an ikebana flair.  Ikebana design usually features three levels which represent heaven, man, and earth.  Here we see a black pine that I have been pruning for years, a variegated juniper, and a really neat sedum with its yellow flower..  St. Francis seems to approve.

beds raised with compost, bordered with rocks, and planted with an ikebani flair
beds raised with compost, bordered with rocks, and planted with an ikebani flair

Walking around the corner from St. Francis, I found a beautiful break with raised beds, rock borders, and crape myrtles underplanted with “Endless Summer” hydrangeas

"Endless Summer" hydrangeas under a crape myrtle planting
“Endless Summer” hydrangeas under a crape myrtle planting

Oooooh, I remembered another one.  I was having fun on a cloudy Saturday and the light was perfect for finding hidden treasures.  Here’s a picture of a specimen contorted filbert hiding a small fountain and fish pond.  I think I might do some pruning here next week.  Dr. Harbin agreed

water feature and fish pond under a specimen contorted filbert
water feature and fish pond under a specimen contorted filbert

In one of the chapters of Requiem for a Redneck, I tell about Harce building a bridge in order to pay for his DUI.  The bridge actually exists and the memory of poor Harce is always there.  I think it is a masterpiece.

The story of this bridge is related in chapter 13 of Requiem for a Redneck.  I miss ol' Harce.
The story of this bridge is related in chapter 13 of Requiem for a Redneck. I miss ol’ Harce.

And in memory of Harce, a few years ago, I built this fountain in memorial.  Patsy looked at it and told me that she had pictured a little girl pouring water from a pitcher, but I replied that “every garden needs a little redneck”.  When the people from Atlanta Magazine came for a photo shoot, they featured it.  Harce would have been proud.

My version of a "redneck waterfall"
My version of a “redneck waterfall”

And here’s a great story about hidden delights.  Before the original house was added on to, there was a big hillside of ivy and weeds.  Cleaning it up was quite a job with lopping shears and pruners.  At the end of the first day of cleaning, I found a lamp post and said, “something special is going on here.”  The picture below is what we found and polished.

We found this walkway under 6 feet of ivy and virginia creeper
We found this walkway under 6 feet of ivy and virginia creeper

I like it when you walk down a path and go around a corner and find a surprise.  This part of the garden is special because the plants follow the light, going from ferns and lenten rose to nikko hydrangeas, and furnishing a view of the more light tolerant Annabelle hydrangeas just before the path goes around another corner.

Around a corner and into a garden
Around a corner and into a garden

I was running out of time when I rounded that last corner and found that I was not the only creature to find a special place in the garden.  I call this picture the “organic cat feeder.”

I hope you got some good ideas, or at least enjoyed the tour. Is it any wonder that I love my job?

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As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?

or the print version:

http://www.amazon.com/Requiem-Redneck-John-P-Schulz/dp/0981825206/

Try “see inside the book” Harce’s picture is on the cover

 

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