I expected the garden of Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman to be fabulous, but it was better than that. It was (insert superlative of choice, as long as it isn’t “awesome”…not that the garden isn’t, but, well, you know…)
Art is used sparingly, but makes a big impact. This sphere of logs is one of the first things up as you walk down the driveway.
The eye is drawn to the long view,emphasized by rows of hedges in the foreground, leading to the river, the industrial district, the foothills, and, on a clearer day, the mountains in the far distance.
I was fortunate to run into Norm and Scott, seen here with Bob, our gracious host, and proprietor of Contained Exuberance in SE Portland..
His shop sells elegant containers, some that he has already planted up in his inimitable style. I’m going to show you some of the ones strategically placed around his property (without comments, so I can squeeze in more eye candy):
Hover dishes take things aerial. I could go on…and on…but you can see from this sampling how deftly Bob matches style of pot to planting material.
So let’s move on to the garden proper, where the hillside setting lends itself to layered planting…
within which many noteworthy vignettes may be found.
Some plants went on my wish list, like the above Verbena hastata…
and Gladiolus papilii, flanking the stone stairs up the hill, with Scott clicking away in the background.
Just thought you might like a closer look at that flower form.
A chocolate mimosa frames a view up the back hill, with a veggie garden in the middle distance. The cone shapes that echo the color of the mimosa are lettuces that have been allowed to bolt. I’ve pulled out bolting lettuce for the last time.
See how the floating airiness of Gaura lindenhamerii is emphasized against the dark background?
Taking leave would be terribly sad, were it not for the cheerful border along the way out.
I can’t imagine a more perfect placement of Sempervivums nestled among rocks and gravel. If you see plants in this post that you simply must have (and how could you not) a good place to begin your search would be Xera Plants. After all, it adjoins Bob’s shop and is known for its forward-looking inventory of plants.