There was plenty of Patch magic to go around during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour last Saturday. Designer Philip Leveridge, who blogs about his garden at East Side Patch, his wife Leah, and their two young children seem to derive much enjoyment from their enticing, lawn-free garden (proving you don’t need a lawn just because you have kids).
The Patch is a gardener’s garden and inspiring to anyone who gardens on a budget. Philip has done all the work himself, including making his own paths and patios from decomposed granite and recycled bricks. He grows a lot of his plants from seed and uses volunteers to fill in blank spaces. He has an artist’s eye and boundless creativity, and his love of plants really shows. Pictured above are various salvias in full autumn bloom.
Philip uses a lot of purple and bronze, which complement the colors of his house.
This unusual metal gate at the back of his extra-deep lot gives the illusion of even more garden to explore beyond.
Looking back through it, the striping of the gate’s frame seems to echo the stripes of the variegated ginger and American agave on the right.
A large stock-tank pond and two red motel chairs offer a place for quiet contemplation at the back of the garden.
A palm anchors one side of a rock garden planted with cactus and succulents.
Just off the back porch, a spiraling circle of old bricks makes a dynamic patio, with a circular bed set in the middle.
Horsetail is contained in a galvanized washtub by the porch.
Philip had framed some pictures from his blog and was offering them for sale along the side of his house. I saw this little girl at nearly every garden that day. All dressed up in a sparkly blue dress, she seemed to be enjoying the exploration of each garden.
In the front yard you’ll find no lawn either. The foundation bed is planted with Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), in full purple bloom at this time of year.
Eight-foot-tall amaranthus jostles for room amid light-catching bamboo muhly, prickly pear, yellow bells, and palms.
The pink and purple amaranthus seedheads were fascinating to most visitors.
Philip, aka ESP
What an amazing garden he has created. Thanks, Philip and Leah, for sharing it with us.
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