The tall dark conifer is a slender Hinoki cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis.' It has rich dark green foliage and a columnar habit of growth. In the middle of the deck garden is a Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Viridis.' This Japanese maple is a favorite in Pacific Northwest gardens. It is a laceleaf maple with green foliage in spring and summer. In our garden it occasionally has spectacular orange fall color. More often, though, its fall color is gold.
The blooming shrub is a semi-evergreen azalea. The round conifer in front of 'Viridis' is a dwarf Lawson cypress, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Minima glauca.' It has a cool bluish color which does not show up in this photo. The plants in the right corner of the deck garden are 'Kazan' azaleas.
The deck garden was one of our first garden projects. We planted it in June, 1992. It's funny to remember how small the plants were then. The false cypress is now seven and a half feet tall. In early spring every year I spend hours carefully pruning 'Viridis' to keep it from taking over the entire deck garden.
The blooming plants are asters, Brunette Bugbane, and a bellflower. The big leaves in the lower middle of the photo are a Rodgersia. One flat, round leaf of Rodgersia tabularis can be seen on the right edge of the photo, half way up. The rodgersias bloom in the spring. To the right of the rodgersia with lobed leaves is another aster. Its deep magenta blooms are just starting to appear.
This part of the garden is damp near the lawn, and the asters love it. The bellflower is on the right side of the photo. It's Campanula punctata rubra. It has expanded aggressively, and we had to take out great chunks of it this spring.
Brunette Bugbane is a cultivar of Cimcifuga. It has dark foliage and spikes of white flowers on tall stems. The flowers are leaning over. This perennial was a new acquisition last year.
We call this area our Blueberry Garden, because there are three blueberry bushes behind the perennial bed. Two of the blueberry bushes can be seen in this photo. If you move your mouse pointer slowly over the photo, you should see the names of most of the plants appear. Dummy links were used to provide the captions. If the page has been scrolled down on your monitor, the captions will not appear!
In the foreground from left to right are a light yellow daylily and a light yellow coreopsis, pink daylilies, golden sun drops, more daylilies – pink, near white, and yellow, a pink astilbe, white regal lilies, a dark rose daylily, and more regal lilies.
We are still working on the color scheme in this garden. Last year we put in the bright yellow Sun Drops, Oenothera tetragona. This August we took out three daylilies – light yellow, near white, and deep pink. The masses of daylily foliage had become overwhelming, and those colors did not show to advantage combined with Sun Drops. We added tawny hues with a 'Terracotta' yarrow, and we put in a perennial with big leaves, Crambe cordifolia. We planted Crambe cordifolia this spring, and it didn't do much this year. It is supposed to have masses of tiny white flowers.
The regal lilies are not bright white, as they appear in this photo. They are a more restrained ivory with bright golden stamens. They are wonderfully fragrant. The regal lilies finish blooming in mid-July, as does the astilbe.