Circle Garden’s shades of green


August 18, 2020

Our elevated deck offers a nice overhead view of the Circle Garden. And as I recently discovered, when you climb a stepladder on the deck, you can get almost the whole garden in the frame, including the new rose and salvia planting at the base of the deck. Just don’t fall off.

‘Winter Gem’ boxwoods, after 11 years finally at the size I envisioned when I planted them as tiny 1-gallons, anchor the four doorways into the circle. Miniature ‘Micron’ yaupon hollies ring the center bed, where a variegated whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia) has pride of place.

Everyone asks about the sunburst path around the circle. It’s made of chopped stone.

The new rose bed is in its infancy (where I pulled out bamboo muhly grasses that had grown overwhelmingly large), but the ‘Icecap’ roses are supposed to stay small. So I decided to fly in a couple of round UFO planters — what else?? — to help tie the ground level to the deck.

They’re Orbit planters from one of my favorite garden shops, Los Angeles’s Potted (yes, they have an online shop), and aren’t they fun? ‘Frazzle Dazzle’ dyckia and silver ponyfoot pilot the two flying saucers. I’m hopeful that soon the ponyfoot will cascade over the rim like Spanish moss.

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