Day two; we loved the use of native perennials in the first garden. Also, they trained a pear tree flat on the garage. (Espalier or Cruciatus Curse?) See the next photo or description for the sight impaired.
I saw meadow rue in several of the yards and have decided it will be an important native perennial addition to our garden as a low growing plant. Nice of this owner to label it so clearly!
The second to last house was professionally landscaped by an architect (who didn’t live at this address.) The house was grand and modern. The arrangement of trees, shrubs and flowers was precise. I found it undeniably beautiful, but without warmth.
The decorations below are hand made at a crafting shop in town. Eagle and I have made ornaments that are similar. We’d love to try our hand at making mini sculptures like these for our garden.
The final house was one designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was a classic Usonian home; small and simple yet stylish using prairie house design elements like a horizontal plan, flat roof and a bank of windows nestled under the lip of the roof.
That was the end of our home garden tour. We found it very enjoyable and would like to put it on our calendar for next year!
6 Lessons Eagle and I Learned from the Garden Tour:
- Small can be beautiful; petite yards can be cozier. (good news for us!)
- We are doing well using mostly native plants.
- We need more small and mid-sized plants to balance out our tall prairie plants.
- A few well-placed large rocks could be a beautiful addition to our garden.
- A water feature is a dream we’re not sure how to accomplish. Too expensive with time consuming maintenance?
- We could use more art and sculpture in our garden. We will happily make them.
If you could change your plants, indoors or out free of charge, what would you like to try?
P.S. Parting shot. We went to Olbrich Gardens paviliion the next day. Here is a tropical photo: