Scott’s Garden

Pretty cheeky of me to presume to show you my pictures of Scott Weber’s garden when his own shots are so stellar, but here goes…

billowing borders

If I were forced to come up with a word to describe the style of this garden, it would be “billowing”. This is a guy who obviously loves plants and is always willing to shoehorn one more into these voluptuous borders.

steep bank

Crowded, maybe, but never out of control. The steep bank between house and sidewalk offers a great staging area to showcase the mind-boggling plant collection. Scott had us in stitches with his stories of the embarrassing mishaps that befall a gardener trying to dig on a steep embankment.

hell strip

On the other side of the sidewalk, slightly raised beds continue the extravaganza.

more hell strip & neighboring trees

See all that deep green in the background? Scott’s garden is tucked into a hidden and very private neighborhood surrounded by mature trees.

feathery grasses

A fondness for grasses is everywhere in evidence. Seldom have I seen them incorporated so skillfully into a planting scheme.

tall grass

really big grass
bunny grass

Astrantia seed heads

I admire the way he has left seed heads standing as architectural elements after the flowers have faded.

Allium seed heads

sedums

Several handsome varieties of sedums show up in the hell strip.

tiger eye sumac

I’ve had my eye on a ‘Tiger Eye’ sumac. This clinches the deal…must have one.

crocosmia and actea

It doesn’t hurt that the bright orange Crocosmias and the dark foliage of Actea set the stage so beautifully.

Eutrochium, nee Eupatorium

Scott stays right up to date with the vagaries of plant nomenclature. Eutrochium used to bear the name Eupatorium. I think I’ll just call it Joe Pye Weed and be done with it.

Selinum wallicianum

Several plants were new to me, like this Selinum Wallicianum.

copper arch

Around the side of the house, this copper archway leads into a back garden choked with many varieties of Agastache and the hummingbirds that have appropriated them.

Scott and Loree

And here is our host, conferring with Loree of Danger Garden fame. Their styles of gardening could not be more different, but the love of gardening binds their friendship. Let’s hear it for diversity!

12 thoughts on “Scott’s Garden

  1. Great tour! While I enjoy Scott’s spectacular photos I also appreciate the overviews and insight presented by you and other bloggers from your area this week.

  2. Thanks for the tour, Ricki! Scott has such a wonderful skill at combining perennials and grasses. How lucky you were to get to see it. Umm…is there actually a path under that metal archway?

  3. Sneaky with the camera there ma’m! I don’t recall signing a photo waiver…

    Funny how many of the same shots we took isn’t it? And I know what you mean about seeing a plant in Scott’s garden clinching the deal, I bought an Amsonia today simply because I had to have it after seeing at Scott’s.

  4. Nice to see Scott’s garden again, I missed too many things. With my dogs getting so much attention from Boots the cat.
    I think I might need to get the Sumac ,as well.

  5. Shirley~We can all attest that the garden is just as wonderful as he makes it look.

    Heather~You’re welcome.

    Alison~We were told that there is a path, but we’ll just have to take Scott’s word for it.

    Scott~And thanks again for inviting us.

    Loree~Hmmm…photo waivers: I could be in big trouble.

    Linda~Sorry I missed seeing you there, you early bird.

    Janet~Cross-county virtual tours are my favorite part of the internet.

    Wendy~So many ideas, so little time…

  6. You did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Scott’s amazing garden. It must have been a delight to be together with such talented, tireless garden people (yourself included). I’m slightly jealous.

  7. Jane~Yes! Fun to see you there, and I agree that the grasses were the stars, though they had plenty of competition.

    Grace~Albany is not all that far from Portland. How about joining us for the fall plant swap here? I’ll be posting about it on FB soon.

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