This makeover is designed to lead visitors through lush plantings
If a landscape remodel is among your New Yearâs resolutions, keep this in mind: A garden can actively engage visitors or leave them as passive spectators; it all depends on the design. A few years ago, Carol and David Agerâs rear garden in Woodinville, Washington, prompted more spectating than strolling. Then Carol transformed her landscape by installing steppingstones that lead visitors up a densely planted hillside to a purple gate. Along the path, thereâs hardly any bare soil. Blue star creeper (Pratia pedunculata) and low-growing perennials like dwarf astilbe and ladyâs-mantle carpet the ground between the stones.
To the left of the path, from front to rear, thereâs âGolden MopsâÂ false cypress, orange DahliaÂ âMoonfireâ, and a red-leafed Japanese barberry.
On the right side, yellow-flowered Lysimachia punctataÂ âAlexanderâÂ is backed by a clump of maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis âGracillimusâ). Summer-blooming golden clematis (C. tangutica) clambers over the arbor above the gate.