On our first morning in Portland, Oregon we spent some time perusing and relaxing in the private garden of horticulturist Sean Hogan, who is also the owner of Cistus Nursery located in the same city. The sun was shining, the weather was glorious, and just to make it perfect we were immersed in the beautiful personal space Sean has created.
We arrived in the city the evening before wherein Loree met us at the airport and took us to Sean's place. Afterwards we all went out for dinner but as it was well dark already by the time we got back we had to wait till the morning to have a proper look of the garden. I have to say even in the dark you can make out the silhouette of the beautiful plants and you can tell already that it's a beautiful garden. So come the morning, after a lovely breakfast we sat out to relax in the back garden.
But with so much beauty you can't really sit for long. You won't be able to help but look around. And what we saw was amazing.
|Gaz catching up on Oregonian news|
|With very tall Trachycarpus and other plants giving canopy, privacy, and sense of enclosure to the space|
The garden is a relatively small one, which according to Sean is a pretty standard garden space for a lot of Portland houses. But he has creatively put in a a lot of plants to use as much of the available space, and in layers too with planting that is lush and very leafy.
|Take note of the Schefflera delavayi hedge|
|I'll borrow this idea, variegated Trachelospermum asiaticum climbing up a Trachycarpus trunk|
|A variegated Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica|
|Yucca linearifolia with variegated Hedera|
Sean has created a beautiful garden, packed with loads of unusual plants and is a beautiful place to relax in. And his garden is a reflection and a taster of plant treasures that can be found in Cistus Nursery, a post about it coming up soon.
We are bracing ourselves for a busy next few days but spending time in a garden like this is certainly very revitalising!