When I think of a grassless garden, what usually comes to mind is a mixed-prairie style planting. Wildflowers, natives, self-seeders. But even though this next garden on the Home Garden Tour given by Smith County Master Gardener's Association was grassless, a prairie it was not!
The front yard did have grass, and some easy plantings. If you were walking down the street, you would never know the backyard had a garden different from everyone else on the street. I wish more people would show their garden personalities in the front. Wouldn't that make a street fun to walk down!
This little side path was beautiful. Shady, cool, and with very interesting foliage.
Then suddenly you're in the back yard. The grassless back yard.
She had taken out all of the grass and put in boxwood hedges.
These boxwood hedges formed beds of different sizes and shapes. Some beds were square, some were triangular, some were curved.
There was something inside each boxwood bed.
Japanese maples, fountains, statues, daylilies, roses, ferns, and planters are just some of the things in these beds.
Pathways wound around, so that the walk around the garden was fun and interesting. There were also several places to sit throughout the garden.
Although the majority of the hedges were boxwoods, other plants were used in some hedges. This added a different height and dimension to the garden.
I think the key to this garden was that you could not see the entire thing from one area. If this element had not been present, it might have made the garden seem crowded and jumbled. Instead, the pieces you could see together coordinated well, and as you turned another corner, more pieces drew you toward them.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. Which was your favorite garden on the tour this year?
In case you missed any, the other gardens on tour were:
Vision of Versailles
And if you want to see more garden inspiration, check out these posts from last year: