Monday, March 1, 2010

The Mahogany Garden


Quirky themes for gardens have always been my specialty, as well as color in the garden. I love semi-monochromatic gardens. So when I found that I was acquiring quite a few plants with foliage in hues of mahogany, purple, russet, and burgundy, I decided to give them their own garden.



Following are pictures from the beginning of the Mahogany Garden to the present.




New foliage of Acer 'Esk Sunset' (often erroneously called Eskimo Sunset, but was named after Esk Nursery)


Jon got creative with the chainsaw to avoid cutting down the stump of a fir tree.



Chocolate Cosmos with Canna 'Durban'



Pacific Coast Iris 'Buff Beauty'


Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' lends a nice contrast.











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14 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Cindee, What a remarkable sequence of pictures to herald the arrival of spring which, for so many who are suffering either snow or torrential rains, seems still a way off. However, this is most cheering!

FlowerLady said...

WOW, I love that mahogany hued garden. Really pretty.

FlowerLady

Stone Art said...

What lovely colours, great job, makes me want chocolate for some reason.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's just beautiful! I've never had luck Chocolate Cosmos, they look really nice with the Canna.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

What a wonderful colour scheme! I, of course, would call that chocolate rather than mahogany, which is probably because it's PMS time and there's no chocolate in the house. The 'Tiger Eyes' sumac is just extraordinary.

Teza said...

Cindee:
What a remarkable story told through pictures! Mahogany is indeed a wonderful hue for the garden, and you have presented a wonderful assortment of delightful specimens to choose from. I am most appreciative of the chartreuse contrast, and while I am not a fan of Rhus typhina Bailtiger, it does add a wonderful exclamation point in your border. I think that Euphorbia is a wonderful brightening element as well. A wonderful post to brighten a dreary winter's day here in the Great White North! Thanks for sharing dearheart!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Wow - what vision you have had to pull this together so beautifully over time. Your combinations of texture and heights really work. Most impressive!

Darla said...

This are very inspiring photos here. I was just looking at the dark colored canna's this past Sunday. I may have to go get some now that I see how pretty they look in your garden!

Laurrie said...

Mahogany is my favorite color in the garden, but I've only dared use it as an accent. Your beautiful composition shows how it can be done, especially with the sumac and Esk maple for lighter foils. Wow! Love the fir stump house... very creative. And the Buff Beauty iris just look delicious. These garden photos are ones I'll have to come back to for some inspiration.

Floridagirl said...

Wow! What a wonderful color theme and gorgeous garden! I love the daylilies, irises, and cannas especially. Beautiful specimens! I was very much enjoying the photos (with a little envy I must admit) when I got to the bottom and saw the mention of my blog. What a surprise! Thank you so much.

TrÀdgÄrdsmakare Hillevissan said...

Hello,
I'm new at this blog.

Very nice coulours, the mahogany border. Interesting and different. I wish I new the name of that first hemerocallis (fifth pic from top)...
Nice blog, I added myself to your list! Greetings from Hillevissan in Stockholm, Sweden

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love those PC iris. I never thought about how many plants are a mahogany color. Is that fennel on the right of the first photo. It looks really nice. Gives the garden some wispy foliage for contrast.

Megan said...

Hi Cindee. I'm with you on monochromatic gardens - love the mix of mahogany foliage and flowers. Beautiful combinations!

Kelly@LifeOutOfDoors said...

Lovely before and after shots. I love seeing the before pictures - it encourages me that for all you fabulous gardeners out there, the journey to an amazing garden takes time and love and effort.