|Photo from April 2013 just prior to water feature installation.|
The Circle Garden is aptly named. The Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) installed as groundcover was purposely shaped into a circular formation. By trimming and edging consistently, it took about 2.5 years for individual plants to become one continuous mass. The green carpet-like circle is flanked by a natural pine straw (pine bark mix) pathway. Meandering footpaths trail away from the circle and wander to points beyond; an element of mystery is invoked as each garden opens into another. [That description sounds more grand than it actually is. I have stated many times: my garden photographs BIG. To its credit, the lush naturalistic style of my garden and the shifting sun-to-shade conditions add to its mystique and if it's okay to say, its appeal.] Don't you appreciate walking through a garden that entices you from one place to the next?
|The Birdhouse Garden is defined by 3 large birdhouses as a focal point that stand 6-8' tall among the plants that are allowed to grow to their natural form. (Photo from April 2013)|
|As a focal point in my side garden, the 'Bromeliad Tree' placed next to the iron chair draws the eye first. Then the natural inclination is to look around and take in all the form and texture provided by lush plantings along the walking path. (Photo from August 2013)|
|Photo from April 2013 just after installation was completed.|
|The water feature stands sentinel in the center of the green carpet of Asiatic Jasmine while the large container found a new home at the entry to the Circle Garden pathway. (Photo from May 2013)|
|Photo from July 2013|
|Photo from May 2013|
|Seating is a separate focal point along the widest part of the Circle Garden pathway. Chairs are tucked underneath some overhanging branches from a Sweet Almond bush that has turned into a tree.|
|Coppery colored water feature blends well with the natural informal style of my garden. Blue-glazed orbs and pottery complement the style and also mark the entrance to the Tropical Garden. (Photo from August 2013)|
What feature have you added to your garden that you feel like really completed it? Or what are you dreaming of that you still hope for to help complete your garden?
Happy Gardening, Meems
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