Tuesday, May 31, 2011

North Hill

Joe Eck and the late Wayne Winterrowd, garden writers and designers, have been creating the garden at North Hill for the past quarter century. The garden is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4 and I am anxious to return to see the next round of wonderful plants.

The above photograph is of the front steps leading to their house and is a quote from the steps leading to the house at Great Dixter.

The first thing I noticed once I stepped out of the car, was the incredible diversity of tree specimens. So many different types all woven together to create a rich tapestry. The gardens continued in this theme, of trees and shrubs and woody perennials all woven together. There were some perennial borders, but generally I found the garden to be composed of rich and varied plantings, emphasizing textural contrasts. It was spectacular and full of incredible plant material.

The perennial garden.

The perennial garden backed by the layered tree canopy.

Paris podophylla

There was an entire chapter devoted to this plant in Our Life in Gardens and when I read it I thought how could I not know of a plant named Paris. It is not hardy and requires over wintering care, but it is shockingly beautiful. Joe had three pots of Paris and mentioned that certain seedlings were from Christopher Lloyd and other were from Dan Hinkley.

Fritillaria pontica

Fritillaria camschatcensis

Cypripedium japonica

Aquilegia flabellata 'Nana'

A view from one of the greenhouses.

A Euphorbia from Dan Hinkley.

1 comment:

  1. Paris podophylla and Fritillaria camschatcensis - amazing!!