Urban Garden 2: After
With the plantings now as unstinting & exuberant as the house’s interiors, the functionality of the gardens is as gloriously effective as that of the house itself.
- Here, this lower garden is replanted with dramatic shade-lovers. The brick building is now screened by trees.
- The variegated foliage of ‘Souvenir de Bonn’ parlor maples is an unfailingly lively container planting for this shady lower garden. Four containers of it square the brick terrace.
- Some years later, the grass in this lower garden was replaced by a brick terrace—an even more handsome (&, given the increasing shade) practical solution.
- Looking up from the lower terrace to the main terrace: the spitting perimeter-wall fountain is out of sight to the right; the Bauhaus residence, to the left. A head, a section of the original tile-topped wall that bisected the property, creating a separate garden (likely for vegetables & chickens) for the carriage house. The huge gated archway and its wrought-iron gate are original as well.
- The interior decor of the Bauhaus residence could not be more lapidary, colorful, & dramatic. The garden plantings needed to play on that same sophisticated & high stage. Here, a magnificent still-young variegated tree angelica. Each leaf is as big as a palm frond, with countless leaflets, each margined with cream.
- Looking once again from the Bauhaus’s garden door to the spitting-fountained back terrace & perimeter wall. The paired tree angelicas couldn’t be a more dramatic invitation; backed by evergreen holly, they also partially screen the far terrace, making it all the more tempting to visit.
- The cross-pathway parallel to the back of the Bauhaus, with the sister Bauhaus (a smaller residence on a separate parcel) ahead. The gigantic tile-topped carriage house is at the back of the photographer. The box edging the pathway just barely contains the generous plants of the beds on either side.
- A bijoux box parterre at the end of this crosswalk. At the center, a tub of variegated spider plant; in this unexpected setting this prosaic houseplant is a thrill.
- A lushly-planet bed separates a dining terrace at one end of the cross walk from a tiny lawn, just visible at the bottom right, bordering the main walkway that runs out to the back terrace.
- That same bed, now seen several years later, and from the dining-terrace side. The variegated tree angelicas are now much larger, and flutter brightly in the right-center-distance.
- Variegated ivy climbs the dining terrace wall, while the neighboring climbing hydrangea spills over its top. This showplace garden demanded loads of warm-weather containers. Abysinnian bananas fill the large bug, while pots of ivy spill from the unusual “three spear” stands.
- The Abysinnian bananas revel in the heat of a city garden. Seen here, later in the season than before, they have thrust foliage ten feet & higher.
- The wall separating the dining terrace from the neighboring carriage-house garden is flat-topped, not tile-topped. So a huge pot of cascading Algerian ivy enjoys summering there.