We're garden-rich in the Northwest—we're lucky to have so many talented gardeners who generously open their gardens, allowing us into their private sanctuaries to be inspired, to learn, and to absorb the ambiance and sense of place in a garden other than our own.
We'll be taking a virtual tour of the private garden of Vanessa Gardner Nagel—a garden designer and author based in Vancouver, WA. You can read all about her and see more examples of her wonderful work on her website.
I've had the chance to visit Vanessa's garden a number of times over the years and it's always a delight—that's me above, ogling plants and snapping away. In choosing photos for this post, I found that I've been visiting her garden since at least 2002. My most recent visit was during last weekend's tour for the Clark County Master Gardeners. However, the photos included in this post come from a variety of visits.
With each visit, I never fail to see something new and I marvel at the huge variety of plants she grows, using them in creative and horticulturally sound ways. Vanessa loves plants and she knows how to use 'em! Her garden is packed—common plants used masterfully, as well as collector-y plants that showcase her passion for experimenting, changing, and evolving.
The Big Picture
Reveling in the Details
These Combos from Vanessa's Garden are on the Site (click thru!)
Focus: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Floral Fun, Flower Fest, Seasonal Flow, Textural Contrast
Exposure: Bright Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Focus: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Foliage First, Front Yard Garden, Low Maintenance, Mixed Border, Small Space, Winter Interest, Textural Contrast, Curb Appeal, Efficient Use of Space
Exposure: Bright Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun, Shade
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9