|Ray Radebaugh on his extravaganza garden|
In addition to truly monumental rock work done with amazing flair, the garden is full of all manner of woodland treasures: Cyclamen self sow throughout--each with a seemingly unique pattern. Big patches of Epimedium and glorious rhododendrons and azaleas. You have to pinch yourself to convince yourself you're not in Connecticut or Oregon.
I love the Christmas tree pattern on this Cyclamen purpurascens. We'll talk about ferns later...
Hard NOT to talk about the ferns--they are everywhere--and self sowing into crevices where he never dreamed they'd grow!
The rockwork is so elegant and dramatic you have to remind yourself you're not in the foothills...
Rock gardens showcase plants like no other garden style: they're like gems set into an amazing matrix, and they stand out so boldly, like this little Japanese false cypress in its niche.
|Daphne x hendersonii|
|Arenaria 'Wallowa Mts.'|
|Asplenium trichomanes in the crevices|
A devil-may-care sweep of Hakonochloa macra 'Aureola'--a grass rarely seen in Colorado.
And the ferns! He pointed out this amazing Notholaena sinuata that appeared spontaneously--indicating these rocks must have come from hundreds of miles south of Denver. Like 500 at the very least!
|Ebony and maidenhair spleenworts|
One last look at Ray's masterpiece. Mind you this is just the back yard: there are sunny gems on the side yard, and treasures in front as well. I am fortunate to have known this remarkable man for so long. How many gardens can you visit this time of year and be inspired like this?