A Fusion Garden...Italy + Japan = gorgeous!
|Bill Barnes (right) at Colibraro Nursery in Horsham, Pennsylvania (suburb of Philadelphia)--Mike Colibraro (the manager) standing between Bill and Acer rufinerve in spectacular fall color!|
If you persevere through my mediocre pix to the end, I think you will still manage to gauge the magnitude of Michael's accomplishment. He has not only blended Occidental and Oriental modes in his garden, he has employed every trick in the book to magically transform a small city lot into a vast wonderland of never ending garden art.
|Near the entrance|
|Extravagant succulent container|
|Another succulent extravaganza....|
|Puto and boxwood|
|A closeup view of said Tinantia erecta|
|Tovara (Polygonum) virginiana in a wonderfully variegated form|
|Aroid and ferns|
Clerodendron trichotomum v. fargesii
|Some pots don't NEED flowers in them...|
I've seen many a hypertufa trough, but never would have thought to perch them on an Ionic column...and use them to show off such a lovely piece of driftwood (one pot you never have to worry about watering!)
|Talinum paniculatum 'Kingwood Gold'|
|A longer glimpse|
|Rustic stone pathway|
|Intimate garden rooms|
|Streptocarpella 'Concord Blue'|
|Another plant of the Streptanthella|
|The bonsai speak for themselves!|
|More bonsai, and a bowl full of glitter...never know what you find.|
|The white flowered pelargonium makes a fine contrast to the stolid olive and conifers.|
|Pelargonium cv. closeup|
|A demonstrative echeveria helps demarcate two garden rooms. Note the different paving materials.|
|A small hosta wonderfully showcased.|
|Japanese painted fern nestling under a pot with a sedum groundcover.|
|If I'm not mistaken, that's a Japanese umbrella (Sciadopitys verticillata) pine with a toad lily at its feet.|
|Closeup of the toadlily (Tricyrtis)|
|Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida'|
|Begonia grandis (evansiana) 'Alba'|
|More container plants and sculpture|
|Daphne odora (variegated) and ferns in a corner|
|Container on a high|
|Vista and vignettes..|
|Begonia evansiana (grandis) pink|
|Begonia evansiana (grandis) in a pot|
|Agave victoria-reginae in a very brightly variegated form.|
Variegated American agave mounted upon a glorious Ionic column: makes my Achaean heart beat a tad faster!
|Wonderfully shaped Juniper on the wall|
Most people don't fill their hell strips with interesting perennials, nor do they place their mail boxes in an attractive rusty armature with a pot enclosed.
Michael is one in a million--a gentleman, scholar and gardener extraordinaire. I feel privileged to have visited his garden twice. Can't wait to get back again!