The Abandoned Garden

15 years ago

Once upon a time, a landscape designer was brought to our castle to create a beautiful landscape for our new kingdom. It was a happy time, when all manner of possibilities were available and everybody spoke to everyone in the same language. Some time passed, however, before the landscape design could be put into place. The irrigation system was put in, as was the lawn, but when it came time to start planting, a strange thing happened. Wanting to make some substitutions, we tried to contact the landscape designer but to no avail. Even though the fastest messengers and the most elegant of email pigeons were sent, there was no reply. A visit to the Web revealed that her website was no longer there and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth within the kingdom. Darkness came and the once fertile landscape came to be called "The Abandoned Garden" and woe to those who ventured there, for they were soon covered from head to toe with dust, and bugs, and things that crawled in the night.

Lo, a wise crone at last suggested that we post the design here, such that other mages and gifted artisans might comment upon the plan and save the Abandoned Garden from its fate. So, all the people of the kingdom came together and pictures were made, and blueprints were scanned, and all manner of chat was created, and hope was rekindled within the kingdom. Below is the fruits of their labors

First, an overview. Please feel free to give us any feedback you would like about the design. There are a few things we are specifically trying to change, which I will note below. We live in Central Washington (Zone 5) and are attempting to do as much xeriscaping as we can. Thank you in advance for any help or insights you can offer!

Specific things we want to change

1. Viburnum opulus 'Compacta' Â we had these at a previous house and they didnÂt really do much for us.

2. Buxus microphylla ÂKoreana  as we want a formal miniature shrub around the front walkway, this is fine but a little predictable. Are there any other choices? We were wondering about something that flowers, like Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Compacta') or Geramander (Teucrium chamaedrys).

3. Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Rose Glow' Â I really dislike this plant. I hated pruning them at our other house and didnÂt care for the way they look.

4. Fagus sylvatica 'Black Swan' Â we loved the name but didnÂt care for the look of this plant in all the pictures we could find online.

Next, the plans. Because the landscaping plan is large and would be impossible to read if we copied it as a whole, we have divided it into four parts:





Then, the pictures of the house and views from the front and back of the house:







Because it is hard to read some of the names on the plan, here is the complete plant list:


Acer palmatum dissectum 'Everred'

Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'

Achnatherum calamagrostis

Agastache 'Ava'

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

Buxus microphylla ÂKoreanaÂ

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus'

Cercis occidentalis

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'

Cornus kousa

Cornus sericea

Crape Myrtle 'Potomac'

Daphne burkwoodii 'Somerset'

Euonymus alata compacta

Fagus sylvatica 'Black Swan'

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'

Kniphofia uvaria


Mahonia aquifolium

Marrubium rotundifolium

Penstemon pinifolius

Phlomis russeliana

Pieris japonica

Pinus mugo mugo

Prunus subhirtella 'Hiaan'

Pyracantha 'Fiery Cascade'

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

Salvia pitcheri 'Grandiflora'

Salvia x sylvestris 'Blue Hill'

Santolina rosmarinifolium 'Morning Mist'

Stachys byzantina 'Helen VonStein'


Viburnum opulus 'Compacta'

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