Summer by the Bay 1: Upper Double Borders
An enormous waterfront property in New England is in use just summer through early fall, so spring favorites such as peonies, bulbs, & rhododendrons are pointless. Plus, the site is completely exposed to high winds—and is so large, and with a horizon-wide water view in the distance—that normal-sized plants would look laughably weak & tiny. Few perennials are up to the challenge, so the necessarily-enormous beds are planted overwhelmingly with trees & shrubs that peak in July, August, & September.
- An enormous seaside property needed better separation between the new parking court & the sensational pool & waterview gardens beyond. SO: Dutchman's pipe races up stainless-steel cables each summer, as upright plum yews develop into a year-round evergreen block.
- The deck off the kitchen is twenty inches above the brick terrace. Three teak window boxes, planted with exuberant heat-lovers, ensure that that drop isn't unsafe.
- By August, the heat-loving plants in the tufa bowl have luxuriated.
- The view from the upper terrace to the ocean is horizon-wide, and the scale of the property is deceptively huge: the gate in the distance is six feet high & ten feet wide.
- Twenty-foot-deep double borders embrace the pool, while also buffering the sea breezes.
- A young contorted beech mounds up at the back of the sensational cut-leaf perennial, Ligularia japonica.
- The view across the upper double borders is bountiful all summer. Verbena bonariensis provides lavender fireworks in the center.
- Clematis 'Lady Betty Balfour' explores the sensational white-gray foliage of Quicksilver elaeagnus.