Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rebecca Sweet's Garden

(photo via Harmony in the Garden, Rebecca Sweet)

Rebecca Sweet's Garden
Location: Los Altos

Garden Design: Rebecca Sweet, Harmony in the Garden

Garden DescriptionI’ve spent the past 15 years re-inventing the garden of my childhood home nestled within the heart of Silicon Valley.  My goal?  To create a secluded, private and deeply personal garden where one can lose themselves for hours, despite being surrounded by such a bustling urban area.
Consisting of several private spaces, infused with childhood mementos from both my own past as well as my daughter’s, my garden is less of a designer showpiece and more like a diary. It’s a place to play, experiment and show my personality - and I love it with all my heart.
Garden HighlightsSucculents mixed throughout lush, traditional borders, including:
-     -  an unusual variegated Octopus agave (Agave vilmoriniana)
-         lush stonecrop used instead of mulch
-         succulents and perennials living happily together in windowboxes
-         towering aeoniums (‘Zwartzkopf’ and ‘Cyclops’) at home with perennial borders
-         borders of echeveria imbricata woven throughout, originating from my parent’s first garden over 45 years ago!

Australian plants at home in my garden:
-         Grevillea ‘Superb’, ‘Mt. Tamboritha’
-         Euphorbia ceratocarpa, ‘Glacier Blue’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Ruby Glow’, ‘Ascots Rainbow’
-         Kniphofia ‘Mango Popsicle’
-         Phormium ‘Sea Jade’, ‘Atropurpureum’
-         Australian Willow trees (Geijera parviflora)
-         Anigozanthos ‘Harmony’
-         Bulbine frutescens

Extensive use of evergreen shrubs and trees (both common and unusual) act as the bones of the garden and provide year-round color, texture and form:
-         Pittosporum (‘Golf Ball Kohuhu’, ‘Wheelers Dwarf’, ‘Tasman Ruffles’, Tobira)
-          Euonymus (‘Green Spires, ‘Emerald Gaity’, ‘Emerald n Gold’, Boxleaf, ‘Moonshadow’)
-          Loropetalum  (‘Purple Pixie’, ‘Ever Red’, ‘Sizzling Pink’)
-          Laurel (‘Saratoga’, ‘English’)
-          Podocarpus ‘Icee Blue’
-          Elaeagnus pungens ‘Gilt Edge’
-          Citrus (‘Washington Naval’ tree, espaliered kumquat, ‘Bearrs’ lime, ‘Meyer’ and ‘Eureka’ lemon)
-          Camelias (‘Scentsation’, ‘Apple Blossom’, ‘Debutante’, ‘Setsugekka’, ‘Yuletide’)
-          Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’

Grasses and grass-like plants woven throughout:
-         Lomandra ‘Breeze Mat’
-         Carex divulsa (Berkeley Sedge)
-         Carex secta
-         Carex ‘Evergold’
-         Carex ‘Evergreen’
-         Carex testacea (Orange Carex)
-         Blue Oat Grass
-         Blue Lime Grass
-         Blue Fescue (‘Beyond Blue’ – new variety)
-         Sesleria ‘John Greenlee’
    Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’

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