An invitation to climb higher
A creative combination of plants in an Oregon garden.
Photo by Craig Summers Black
Virginia Israelit’s garden does something often nigh impossible: It makes grass look good.
The stones are laid convex below and concave above – mirror images that give the green a decided shape.
Framing the walkway is an inspired interplay of variegated Hakone grass and yellow-flowering iris, also with twin-toned leaves. (See, you can put variegated plants together.)
But as spring progresses, the iris leaves revert to all green, giving the garden a sense of time as well as place.
The white wisteria, grown as a standard or tree form, and the weathered urn offset any notions of “perfect” balance or that matchy-matchy look.
And as your eye follows the rising steps, lifting to the rhododendrons and then the tall trees beyond, a little tune comes to mind. An electric guitar, an arpeggio. Could it be? Yes: “Stairway to Heaven.”
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