See how colorful foliage and accents keep this Northwest garden lush all year
June 23, 2009
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Bronze and green colors, seasonal flowers, and permeable paving keep this Bainbridge Island garden beautiful year round.
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Bronze and green theme
A 'Fireglow' Japanese maple adds punch in front of native alders and Western red cedars, while silver-green brunnera (B. macrophylla 'Jack Frost') grows at its base. Golden oregano and Japanese forest grass fringe the path nearby.
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Rainfall burbles down a lightweight galvanized aluminum chain (from rainchains.com), then spills over a rock and drains into an open-bottom catchment basin, where it replenishes groundwater.
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Frost-proof stoneware containers add hits of color throughout the landscape. Those in the garden are empty, while those by the door are planted with yellow groove bamboo and hellebore.
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Both the multicolored flagstones set in sand and the ¾-inch granite gravel allow rainfall to pass through to plant roots. River rock edges the planting beds.