Blue Heron landscape Design | 2011 September

September 2011

26 Sep Garden Designers Roundtable: Getting from Here to There!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

                                             ~ Robert Frost

Our topic this month for Garden Designers Roundtable “Getting from here to there” can mean so many things, but movement is at the heart of each. The experience of a garden is movement through time, movement through space. A garden is ever revealing, changing perceptions, altering the senses, and for me, a metaphor for the journey taken and the experiences gained as each of us travels the path chosen.

When designing a garden, attention to movement is essential to offering the visitor an experience. Where the path does traverse is so very much more important than the final destination or the materials used. Consider then the following:

Is it warm?


Is it dramatic?

Slow to reveal?

Does it lead you on?

Change your course?

Remind you of the past?


Does it make you wonder?

For me the journey is one I travel everyday, and find inspiration in the simplest of vignettes. How about you? Do the images connect to something more than just a garden path or a set of stairs, or is a cigar, just a cigar? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please visit by the rest of the Roundtable bloggers this month and see how they are “Getting from Here to There”.

Debra Prinzing & David Perry:  A Fresh Bouquet

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA

Jenny Peterson : J Peterson Garden Design : Austin TX

Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ

Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, 

Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA

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16 Sep Foliage Follow Up – September 2011

I took these shots on a recent garden tour of Hollister House Gardens in Washington, CT (look for a post about that very soon), and was amazed by how well the variegation of the Hydrangea vine and the Clematis worked against the brick structure. My first instinct would have been to plant a dark green leaf instead, but after seeing this I am inspired. What do you think of this combination?

I don’t know which Clematis this is, but I think the Hydrangea is ‘Mirranda’.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Mirranda'


Clematis (unknown) and Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Mirranda'


Please stop by and visit Pam Penick over at Digging, and see what she and others sharing for Foliage Follow Up. Thanks Pam for reminding everyone just how important foliage is in garden design!

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15 Sep Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2011

It’s September in the garden and time for some old friends to return as other fade away. Here are September’s Bloom Day photos, I hope you enjoy them. Afterward, please stop by May Dreams Gardens and see what is blooming in other gardens around the globe!

Coreopsis x 'Full Moon'


Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Poetschke'


Hibiscus moscheutos


Chelone glabra


Chelone obliqua

Sedum telephium 'Matrona'


Vernonia noveboracensis

Solidago sp.


Hydrangea 'Endless Summer'


Aster divaricata


Actea simplex 'Pink Spike'

And finally just for fun, I thought I would include this volunteer growing all around us. I think it’s Persicaria orientalis, and I love the way its blossoms hang. Very elegant!

Persicaria orientalis

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