Touring M & M's Garden in West Linn
A garden tour during COVID-19 - yes we did! The PDX area garden bloggers ventured out to my neck of the woods (the dreaded burbs!!) and visited Mike & Megan's garden in West Linn. Mike is the head grower for Little Prince of Oregon Nursery and wife Megan works for the city of Lake Oswego, park department.
One thing is clear, that when you have two hort nerds in the family, great things happen in the home garden!
My apologies for cell phone photos. I had the wrong lens for my camera. Clearly, I am out of practice when it comes to touring gardens.
M & M purchased the home 11 years ago and they kept a few mature trees but everything else has been designed by them. They removed nearly all of the grass, except for the below patch in the front yard and reimagined the sloping backyard into a retreat with tropical flair.
Mike likes to bring home plants from work that have lost their way. Missing plant tags or items purchased for future propagation that didn't work out or plants he finds interesting and Megan creates the design. Great teamwork!
Below, the front yard garden chalk full of interesting species and splashes of color. Notice how the cotinus creates dimension with a break in shades of green. The placement of red adirondacks is perfect.
Just beneath the cotinus, a pretty path leading into a secret getaway.
The family also enjoys edible gardening with a large Feijoa sellowiana / pineapple guava bush that was in bloom with blueberries and tomatoes.
Above, these are sizable and heavy containers.
Below, another view of the pathways in the back gardens. This is truly a garden of people who love all types of plants and Megan has carefully knitted each bed together with common colors and annual plant groupings.
The homeowners told the group how they tackled the beds one at a time, without a 'design' in mind and it came together beautifully.
One of the plants I did not get a good enough picture of was a large abution in bloom. I have never seen one that large and in the ground. I admit that I've only considered them to be 'container' plants in our zone and these gardeners are making me reconsider that idea.
I really like the addition of Colocasia in the front of the rhododendron.
Many thanks to M & M for inviting our little group out to tour their gardens. The best part about touring gardens is seeing the personalities of the owners reflected in the plant choices and configuration of the garden.