Let’s start by saying this is one of our more impressive plant designs to date. Our clients have a beautiful property in North Bend with a formal garden that was in serious need of our help. Over the years the garden had been decimated due to plant loss and constant grazing by the elk. The trick was putting together a plant palette that the elk would not eat (crossing our fingers) as well as have all of the qualities of a formal garden. On top of that our clients wanted the garden to look mature the day that we planted it. With help from our nurseries, we think that we pulled it off! There are four beds within the garden so really we were able to do four different plant layouts. Staying with the formal garden theme we put an Ilex hedge around each garden bed. To create the mirror image we did two of the beds with interior heather borders and the other two beds have an inner liriope border. For our main focal plants, we went with Hydrangea. Two of the beds have limelight tree hydrangea and the other two beds have a more standard shrub hydrangea. From there we wanted to add as much color as possible but still maintain the linear feel of a formal garden. We used a variety of plants including; heuchera, euphorbia, astilbe, anemone, gardenia, black-eyed Susan, crocosmia, salvia, veronica, and dahlia. To soften the walls of the garden area we installed Italian Cypress as well as climbing hydrangea to go along with the existing roses. The finished garden is something we are very proud of and we hope that as it matures it becomes even more impressive! Look for more pictures on our portfolio page in the coming weeks.