Fab Foliage Friday: Field Trip

TGIFFF! To celebrate, we're off on a field trip to the gardens of John Marchacos in Berlin, CT. I often proselytize about building gardens from the leaves out, about creating textures and contrasts with foliage. John-who's an epimedium enthusiast (guess who E. 'Marchacos Sprite' is named for), and lover of woodland ephemerals-lives it. He gardens in the shade, so the effects he creates are far different from the combinations I pursue in my sunnier spot. But let's not muck things up with a bunch of verbiage. Instead, just look at the pix.
This is one sweet knot garden.

I've always liked this walkway.

But, lest you thin it's ALL about leaves, John has a few flowers too. He's one of the few Deutzia connoisseurs I know (not that they're bad, it's just that few gardeners seem to know more than one or two varieties). Here's a shot of 'Pink-A-Boo' in bloom. Silly name, super plant.


Benjamin Vogt said...

Gorgeous! I wish I could get my forest grass to grow like that! thanks for the tour of this garden.

Gail said...

It's truly beautiful. Once upon I time I dreamed my shady garden could look like this! There is shade and then there is southern shade! gail

Carol said...

How charming this garden is! That is not moss used in the knot garden ... is it? I will have to go back and look at it again... I will have to check out the gardeners name sake epimedium too! Love that plant. Thanks for an inspirational tour!

Anita said...

I've experienced John's garden in person--and it is truly fabulous. Thanks for posting!