I’ve been fortunate this spring to visit a number of new-to-me gardens. One of my favorites is this one, the creation of talented landscape architect Jackson Broussard of Sprout. Located in the Rollingwood neighborhood, the garden is a refresh of an existing garden that, according to Jackson, had plenty of cottage color but not much structure or interest once the flowers faded.
To provide structure and year-round appeal, Jackson carved out space for a dining patio in the heart of the garden. Low limestone walls define the space and offer extra seating as well as a place to display potted plants (see top picture). In the center, a farmhouse table and chairs invite relaxation and al fresco dining. The space is roofed with an arbor of four Bradford pears espaliered to a metal frame — reminiscent of Deborah Hornickel’s Bradford pear arbor. Jackson explained that the ornamental pear’s flexible limbs and fast growth make it well suited to espalier.
The double line of trees, walls, and long table lead the eye straight to an overscaled terracotta urn elevated on a circular plinth and framed by a striking cluster of powder-blue Yucca rostrata. It’s a stunning composition.
The structure and openness of the dining patio — amid a lushly planted garden — draws the eye wherever you stand. Here’s the view from the back gate, looking across a tapestry-style shade garden.
And a little closer, with roses in the foreground
Those yuccas, though! They’re like blue fireworks exploding above blooming aloes and poppies. The brick wall at the end of the path separates the garden from the pool patio behind the house. The seclusion creates a secret-garden mood.
Entering the garden from the gate by the house, the urn is the focal point.
Throughout the flowering perennials and annuals, evergreens like blue nolina (Nolina nelsonii) add structure and beauty that doesn’t fade away in winter.
More blue nolinas mingling with poppies, roses, and iris. Italian cypresses add vertical punctuation.
Poppies along the path
And looking the other direction
A metal raven holds a colored stone in its beak atop a round pedestal, with blue nolina leaves in the foreground.
Flowering roses add romance and spring color.
Curving along the back of the garden, the path is edged with pink phlox and
false foxglove penstemon (I think) Chinese foxglove (Rehmannia elata). A clipped boxwood in a terracotta pot makes a classical accent.
A close-up of the
false foxglove penstemon Chinese foxglove
The main path bisects the garden, with the shade tapestry and pear-arbor patio on the left and the sunny flower garden on the right.
The shade garden is spectacular, with a lushness usually reserved for more-temperate climates. Red amaryllis blazes in the foreground.
Shades of green, with a pop of red, and a killer focal point
Dwarf Japanese maple, persicaria, and leopard plant make up the tapestry of foliage in the shade garden, with amaryllis sprinkled throughout, some in bud and some in flower.
The back gate offers a sneak peek of the garden inside.
My thanks to the owners and to Jackson Broussard of Sprout for allowing me to visit and share this beautiful garden with you!
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