The 3rd and final day of touring on the recent Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, dawned cool and misty — exactly what Portland should be, at least according to heat-shunning me. After two days of unusual heat, I was thrilled, even when it started to thunder and rain began to spatter at our first stop, Rhone Street Gardens.
Rhone Street is the tiny, tightly packed, meadowy garden of Scott Weber, whose blog, also called Rhone Street Gardens, always delights me with his luminescent photography and light-hearted humor.
Like Loree of Danger Garden, while serving as unflappable co-host of the Portland Fling, Scott somehow managed to groom his garden to perfection and opened it to the 80 or so bloggers on the tour. And one stray hen.
Scott’s garden is on a sunny (when it’s not raining) corner lot.
Let’s start our tour at the driveway, which is a parking zone not for cars but for plants in all manner of galvanized containers, plus a shiny, metal-sided shed topped with a green roof.
Look what you can grow on a shallow, exposed roof in Portland’s mild climate: airy grasses and tall verbena. I love the light-reflecting metal siding on the shed.
Looking down, you see how Scott blended the driveway paving into the back path and patio. Shiny galvanized steel glints throughout the garden on pots, edging materials, and the shed.
Scott’s plants tend to be soft, airy, and billowy, like this Verbena bonariensis — such a contrast to his co-host’s “dangerously” spiny garden.
Looking the other way, down the path toward the back fence, white lilies and an arching, blond-flowering grass catch your eye.
Seating for two: a small, wooden table and two chairs tucked into the feathery grasses is the main focal point for the tiny back patio, which is essentially an enlargement of the path where it turns the corner.
Perfection! Even if Scott never sits here (and I suspect he’s always too busy photographing or actually gardening to sit down), this is such an inviting seating area and serene focal point framed by grasses, lilies, and other flowering plants.
A wider view
I would never have thought to plant a grass in a small, cylindrical pot, but it works wonderfully.
Those white lilies, ‘Silver Scheherazade’, are scene stealers.
The delightful Ricki of Sprig to Twig blog (also from Portland) color-coordinated with them.
‘Sarabande’ lily smiles down on pink astrantia, a plant I absolutely covet.
I like the silver-white foliage of this plant. A thistle, perhaps? It’s probably the spikiest plant in Scott’s garden.
Moving out front, Scott has gardened up every inch of the narrow strips running alongside his house, packing them densely with grasses, flowering perennials, and a few shrubs and small trees.
Both sides of the sidewalk are gardened, and as you walk down the sidewalk you want to reach out your hands and brush the soft, billowing plants on each side.
And looky there — it’s the always cheerful Janet of The Queen of Seaford, who blogs from my childhood hometown of Greenwood, South Carolina.
Scott’s garden is a gift to the neighborhood as well as a pleasure ground for himself (and the neighboring cats).
Scott shies away from garden art that calls attention to itself, preferring instead metal pieces that resemble flower buds or seedpods…
…unfurling fern fronds…
The ballerina-skirted Echinacea pallida dances with a white verbascum.
Seedhead of Scabiosa ochroleuca
Scott boldly places a few containers right out by the street. I love this color-echoing combo of a bronze potato vine and a grass (rush?) with dark seedheads.
And this one — bronze, purple, and chartreuse, such a Pacific Northwest color scheme.
Another lovely, tawny-flowered grass
Sinuous spires of agastache and verbascum
Boots, Scott’s cat, surveys his domain from the front porch. Next to him, a pretty rain chain dangles from the eave.
When it rains, it fills a water-storage barrel, coming in handy during dry stretches in the summer.
Tucked against the house is Scott’s new, second sitting area. Screened by plants and partially hidden from passersby, it affords a quiet view of the street.
And here’s Scott, the man behind all this meadowy beauty.
It was a huge treat to visit Scott’s garden in person after seeing it on his blog for so long. Many thanks, Scott, for sharing it with us!
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