I must admit that I’m stuck in the summer doldrums at the moment. I’m not feeling much motivation to work in the garden, either because it’s too hot or because the garden is in its brown phase—the color of summer around here. Summer is my least favorite season, and I long for cooler weather and hopefully some precipitation in the fall.
But I still have plenty of photos from our recent Pacific Northwest trip where, in spite of unusually hot weather, green was still the dominant color. Today, let’s go back to Portland, Oregon. After touring Doug and Bruce’s garden, Doug took me to see the garden of a friend, Pat Moore, a few blocks away. Even though it would end being another hot, sunny day, at 9 a.m. the sky was still overcast, providing the kind of even light that’s perfect for garden photography.
This is the first thing I saw of Pat’s garden as we were approaching on the sidewalk:
Lush, leafy, and very Portland.
The front yard is on a fairly steep slope as you can see from the stairs. Pat loves Annie’s Annuals, and even though he’s never been to their nursery in Richmond, CA, he’s a loyal mail-order customer. Many of the plants in the front yard had originally come from Annie’s Annuals.
I love the views from the top of the stairs. So many plants, so many colors, so much variety!
There’s even a small collection of potted succulents.
As you can see in the next two photos, the front garden also encompasses the roof of the garage. I don’t know how many potted plants there are—definitely more that I would ever want to count. Pat says it takes him two days in the fall to move the tender potted plants into the basement, and two days in the spring to bring them out.
Moving around the side of the house into the backyard, I saw potted citrus…
…and even a plumeria! All of them spend the winter in the basement.
The first glimpse of the backyard was perfection. I love how the gate is framed by tropical-looking foliage and you see just enough of what’s beyond the fence to tantalize you.
The backyard itself is every bit as beautiful as I hoped for when I saw the vignette above.
Vibrant colors and eye-catching foliage combinations wherever you turn!
It turns out the backyard was redesigned a couple of years ago under the guidance of Bruce Hegna, Doug’s husband. Read this article about the makeover; it also contains photos of what the backyard looked like in the summer of 2013 after the project had been completed. Amazing how much everything has grown in the two years since then!
Doug, thank you again for taking me over to Pat’s. I wouldn’t have want to miss his garden for the world. Pat, thank you for taking the time to show me around. I hope my photos do your garden justice.