Stunning Summer Views 2: The First Season
The summer after the initial planting, perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees are still filling in. No matter that many were the largest-available sizes: The areas to be covered were huge, and the overall bulk needed was considerable. Even already-large plants still look slender in such vast spaces.
The most showstopping example is the gigantic bed of focal plantings that only, off-hand as it were, completely hide the huge neighboring house.
- Seen head-on from the side terrace, the central portion of the focal bed is still gathering steam. At the back, golden locusts (which will be pruned to stay roughly that size) and columnar hornbeams (ditto) provide instant coverage between fifteen and twenty feet high. At their front, ornamental shrubs, grasses, and perennials will soon bulk-up to their intended sizes of four feet high (at the front) to twelve to fifteen feet high (at the back). Because the bed is largely seen—as here—from the terrace high above it, even plants right at the front needed to be huge if they weren't to look puny.
- Looking out from the side terrace, but now to the right. The gigantic focal bed continues far enough to create (in short order) house-high screening that will mesh with that of the extant tree growing in the grass. The soil at this property was bottomlessly deep as well as rich. See the next gallery for the stunningly quick growth of this and other plantings.