Friday, February 7, 2014

Surrounded by boxwoods


I've always said that in my next life I want to come back as Louise Poer.  I'm joking, of course, but I wouldn't mind her frequent trips to England and France to visit gardens.  Most of all, I'd like to be in her garden every day.

Louise is a garden designer, and in her own tiny garden, she packs a big punch with the use of boxwoods.  She has a huge variety of shrubs, vines, ground covers and perennials, as well.  And there's color, too, in the form of seasonal flowers (roses, foxgloves, sasanquas, phlox, clematis, hydrangeas, to name a few).  But mostly it's boxwoods that make up the backbone of the garden.

The result is that the garden is beautiful on any given day of the year.

Louise is also a pro at layering in the garden to make use of every inch of ground space.  No matter where your eye takes you - to ground level, to waist high, to eye level and upwards to two stories, you'll see something interesting going on, plantwise.

This particular scene is not exactly representative of what she does.  In other parts of the garden you'll see broadleaf evergreens, lots of variegation and billowing shapes, all beautifully blended.

But, for some reason, this little vignette, which has probably been changed several times since I took this photograph, is particularly appealing to me.  This is a small brick terrace off the conservatory sitting room (I can't think of what else to call it; it looks like a greenhouse, but it has a solid roof; the word "sunroom" doesn't work either).

I imagine that the chair you see is made mostly for ornamentation, but I believe I could take some cushions and install myself with a good book and find this a very comforting space.  My favorite color is green, and I love boxwoods, so I wouldn't mind being hemmed in and listening to the sound of birds splashing in a shallow fountain and feeling the warmth of the sun bringing out the fragrance of this beloved shrub.


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