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A Year by the Patio

On one side of our house is a large patio with steps going down to the lady garden. One end is bordered by a rose arch, and the opposite side is adjacent to the herb bed and dog lot. Continuing my series of seasonal views of Deb's Garden, today we'll walk around the patio and enjoy the views from there.

First, here are views taken over the past year through the rose arch. A Zephirine Drouhin rose grows on one side of the arch and a jasmine vine on the other. This year the jasmine has about taken over. Next year I will have to call this my jasmine arch!

Standing by the rose arch one can look down the hill toward the arbor at one end of the lady garden:

I searched, but I couldn't find the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow!

Just beyond the rose arch is the path that leads around the front lawn to the front garden. A small secondary path seen to the right is another way to get to the lady garden:

If we are leaving the lady garden, going up the main steps to the patio, these are some views seen through the seasons:

Finally, back on the patio, lets take a look at the herb garden. It is put together with a higgledy-piggledy assortment of rocks and leftover bricks and pavers from other projects. Technically it may not be an herb bed, because its contents are eclectic. Here I grow dianthus, oregano, basil, chives, salvia, sedum, penstemon, sweet peppers and onions, and the four corners are bordered with knockout roses. I am fretting over the whole area, and there are future plans to double the size.

The last shot above shows the herb bed's location, separated from the picket fence of the dog lot by a grassy path. I hope you have enjoyed the tour! My next post will conclude the five part series of seasonal views of my gardens.

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A Year in the Woodlands

A Year in the Front Garden

A Year in the Lady Garden

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Reader Comments (17)

Deb, By far this is the most dramatic of your gardens. Everything; colors, form and symetery just seem to magically blend for maximum effect. The snow scene is perfect. (wish we had more snow in these parts...) Wow!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Deb - I don't even know what to say?! I'm speechless! It is magical. <wow!>

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShyrlene

Wow! Beautiful pictures! Lovely to see the different seasons in the same post:)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadame C

Another wonderful post of your garden's progression through the seasons. I can't say mine goes through such a transformation, though we do have a few deciduous trees and dormant perennials here, especially in my sunny gardens. Your posts have encouraged me to work more on seasonal interest. If only I had more land!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFloridagirl

You have so much beauty surrounding you! It seems like acres and acres of privacy and woods and beautifully tended garden spaces (do you say somewhere how many acres you have?) I love seeing the season's progressions, and I think the winter shots are the loveliest.

I like how all your spaces flow into one another, not isolated areas. And the plantings in them flow together too, not separated blobs of specimens by themselves. A wonderful design study that I am trying to learn from!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Beautiful Deb! I am so enjoying seeing your gardens this way. Such a lovely contrast to my wilderness!! You did not find that pot of gold because it is right there in your fabulous garden. You could make this into a book. I would leaf through the pages as I scroll up and down in amazement at the beauty of forms, textures and colors. The curving paths lead us into unknown depths and seasons. ;>)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Dear Deborah, This is such a wonderful way to tour and enjoy your garden. your images certainly show that you have planned for and achieve interest and colour throughout the seasons. In addition, the way in which the areas of your garden flow one into the other is most succesful.
I love the way in which the formally clipped shrubs hold the more romantic and flowing plantings together in this patio garden.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdith Hope

Oh I enjoyed the tour as I dont think I have seen this part of your garden before. I dont like topiary but I do like your doomed shrubs, they look very structural in the wintery shoots

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The winter scene is absolutely gorgeous!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

I'm loving this series of posts Deb. I just have to wonder, does your garden ever not look picture perfect? The photo of the rainbow was simply magical, but you clearly didn't notice that the pot of gold you were looking for...is your very own garden!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

i had to do a double take! this is a private garden? the blogger's garden?? wow!! like curbstone vf said, it is definitely the gold at the end of the rainbow. congratulations! im glad to have stumbled upon your blog today!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaricia

Every garden is just beautiful. I think the setting and your style of gardening is my absolute favorite!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Each section of your garden has its own personality, really nice variety, and they all tie together so well. I like he structure that your rose/jasmine archway adds through the seasons. And those evergreens give you green right through the winter.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNorthern Shade


October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Groble

Your garden is extremely beautiful. It looks like a public garden with professionals to design and maintain. Your post is also done very beautifully.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOne

It is therapeutic touring your garden with all the colors and themes. I wonder how you were able to do all those work by yourself, a portion is really very well manicured, and of course lots of man-hours are involved. Oh how beautiful. It is just very relaxing to just walk, walk and walk. thank you.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea in this Lifetime

It is like a park at your home. Truly. I have been following the series and love your idea and post layout.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

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