Landscape that provides Seclusion in an Urban Setting | Volunteer Gardener


– Today I’m going to show
you a yard that I designed, as the landscape designer. This is East Nashville,
densely populated place. This yard, the client wanted
certain specific things, very interesting. Sanctuary, did not want
to see your neighbors. Has dogs, wanted a
dog-friendly place. Doesn’t want flowers, so
it’s all foliage and texture. I’m gonna show you how I
solved these design challenges. As you can see, the
perimeter of this yard, which is not very large, is
lined with a variety of tall, narrow, mostly evergreen trees. There’s one that is not. But this gives this
beautiful screening effect that we have here, we’ve
got Green Giant Arborvitae, Emerald Arborvitae,
Cryptomeria Radicans, I like that one
better than Yoshino, ’cause it doesn’t bronze
out in the winter. And beautiful
Magnolias back there, that’s called Alta,
A-L-T-A, very beautiful. This gave this
sort of green wall, interesting texture and foliage, and the sense of privacy. It really encloses
this garden room. In front of this green wall,
I’ve placed plants of interest. Almost everything, because
this is such a small yard, it’s like everything
becomes almost a specimen. No mass plantings here. Everything is a one-off. For example, this Japanese
maple is a dwarf variety, it’s greening up now. It’s brilliant red in
the earlier spring. This is called Shaina,
and it’s a lovely thing, it just basically doesn’t
get a lot bigger than this, just a little denser
and spreads out. Below that, is my current total
favorite, Creeping Juniper. I love this plant, this
is called Golden Pacific. Blue Pacific’s been
around for a long time, this is a newer one, I’ve
also seen it sold as All Gold. Either way, what a
great looking plant. In the winter, it is bronzy
yellow, it is just the most, like amber, it’s beautiful. And then in the growing season
it gets these delightful yellow tips on it. It’ll get yellower as the
summer progresses here. Then, once again
another specimen. This is a Weeping Deodar
Dwarf called Feelin’ Blue. And blue it is. Lovely texture and form to this, particularly contrasted against
the very vertical backdrop. This is a Little
Dwarf Chamaecyparis, which will just make a
little ball around here. This is a Coral Bark Maple, and it’s placed here
because it’s against a wall of very dark green, and in the
winter when the leaves drop off of this, and those
brilliant coral stems show up like beacons against
that dark green, it’s really stunning to look
at from out of the house, out the window, it’s
really quite the showcase. This whole feature over here,
I mentioned she has dogs. And a lot of the density
of this planting here is so the dogs have hidey-holes and cool shady places to hang. But this is basically
the water dish, but done in a really
beautiful way. This is what’s called
a pondless waterfall. There’s a receptacle down
below that big flat rock, and that hole is actually
natural in that rock, believe it or not. And it also adds a
really interesting
feature to the garden. Another thing about this
whole lot is that it was flat. And I brought in soil and
built up this berm here, and bed, so that
there was variation, so that you get a lot
more sense of depth and interest in the yard. This is such a cool little
pine, this is called Schoodic, it’s a banksiana pine, which usually goes
much further north, but it loves to crawl
over rocks like this. Once again, you can see
the beautiful textures in the background, it really adds a lot
of interest year-round. Magnolia leaves contrasted with that’s an Emily Brunner Holly, and the Cryptomeria and
the Green Giant Arborvitae. This client also has these
magnificent big containers. These are actually copper, I think they’re from Thailand, they’re boutique dye pots. They’re big enough
that you can grow really quite striking things. This is a white pine, that is
a light green in the summer, and turns brilliant
golden tips in the winter, it’s called Winter Gold. Very, very, very pretty plant. And it’s a lovely
contrast, once again, to the very dark
green in the back. This whole area over here
is a deep part of the bed. And this is really,
dog central back here. Great place for
them to hang out. This is a lovely
little Chamaecyparis,
called Split Rock. I love the blue foliage on
this, and the frilliness of it. It’s really an
unusual looking plant. You’ll notice that
most everything that
we’ve done back here is evergreen, but there
are things that are not. For example, this bank of
bushes here, is a native holly, Ilex Verticilatta,
called winterberry holly, this is Red Sprite. Doesn’t get real tall, it’s just starting
to set berries now, there’s a male in
there called Jim Dandy which pollinates it. In the winter, this
drops all its leaves, but the red berries
really show up. Behind it, is a tree that’s way bigger
than I thought it would get, so, live and learn. We may have to do something
about that at some point, but right now it
looks pretty cool. That is a Metasequoia
called a dawn redwood. And this variety is called Ogon, which actually means
gold in Japanese. And that’s supposed
to be a slow grower, but it’s quadrupled
in size in four years. We have another
Japanese maple over here that sort of complements but
doesn’t copy the coral bark. This is one called Bihou. Rounder, shorter, and in the winter,
drops its leaves, and gets these
beautiful, yellow, golden yellow to
coral orange twigs. Really striking, very beautiful. And I should mention,
that behind all of this, are evergreens. There’s another Cryptomeria, there are Nellie Stevens
Hollies back in this corner. So when all of this goes down, there’s still a green wall to continue the privacy
of this backyard. Look at these junipers. This one is really common
it’s called Daub’s Frosted, and it’s one of my favorites. But my gosh, look
how big it’s gotten. This is how they do
when they’re happy. And it’s got these amazing
little yellow stems on it. Which give it this interesting,
almost bi-toned coloring. Very distinctive. And once again, a nice
feathery kind of foliage, lovely contrast both
in color and form, with the other things around it. One of which is this
Weeping Atlas Cedar. This is Cedrus atlantica
Glauca Pendula, people have these
all over the place. But it’s just such a
lovely specimen plant, this kind of powdery,
blue-green foliage on here is really terrific. I wanted to mention
the magnolia behind it. That one is called Kay Parris. And it is an offspring
of Little Gem, which everybody’s familiar with. And that thing, four years
ago it was six feet tall, so I guess it’s a pretty
quick grower, I would say. You can see here’s another
one of these wonderful pots she’s got, and this is a
tree-form Mugo Pine in here, really really handsome. Nice ball shape, with these spready things and
these verticals around it. This last tree on this side, leading back over
to the exit gate, this is a lovely tree. This is a Virginia
pine, it’s a native. This particular variety
is called Wate’s Golden. And we keep it kind of pruned
in a modified Hindu-Pan so you can really see
all kinds of structure. This is the biggest
container in the yard, and it’s a massive thing. And we have a Fernspray
Gold Chamaecyparis in here, which we will keep pruned to balance correctly in the pot. And I just love the way this
Chartreusian gold bounces off. She’s got this lovely
kind of lilac color to her house paint, and
there’s the really nice contrast here that
works really well. Obviously containers
are her thing. She’s got this succulent
pot we put in for her, she loves that too. This is one of the
few blooming things, and it’s probably
just about done. This is an Illicium, which
is an American plant. This is a hybrid sort,
between a Mexican species and the Illicium floridanum
which grows further south, but it’s perfectly hardy here. This one is called
Woodlander’s Ruby, and it has these big
star-shaped blooms that then produce
these seed pods, it’s obviously a fertile hybrid. And it blooms in the spring. It’s a nice
broad-leaved evergreen, and it sure seems happy here. This is a really unusual plant. This is a Bald Cypress, but it’s a variety
called Peve Minaret. and it is a dwarf for
a Bald Cypress form. And it has these extremely
dense, close ways of growing. Now, we put this in, it was
quite small, this coming winter, I’m gonna prune it
back to keep it tighter and make it more
the form I want. But for right now, it’s
doing this like this, and it really fills
this corner nice, it takes the curse off
that corner of the house. One of her dogs loves to
make tunnels in the grass. Where he lived before, he
had a little hidey-hole in this big grass clump. So when I put in this yard, I made a grass
clump place for him. This is a Miscanthus,
this variety is Rigoletto. This is an evergreen, this
is Compacta Chamaecyparis, really beautiful. We keep this kind of open. This was in a container
for a long time, but we ended up putting
it in the ground. In another container here,
look at how well this is doing. It’s really nice. This is a weeping red Japanese
maple, called Red Dragon. And one of the things I
like about this variety, is that it keeps its
red color really well over the course of the summer. A lot of red Jap maples tend to go dark green
when it gets hot. This one keeps its
color better than most. And it’s certainly happy. One thing I would say is
that we fertilize this one pretty heavily, with Holly-Tone, simply because in a
pot it hasn’t got a
lot of foraging room for the roots, so we give
it extra good culture. But it seems to certainly
be thriving there, and it really fills up. And once again, that color
looks so great against the house to my eye, it just really
is a pleasing combination. Around this round
flagstone patio, I wanted to repeat
that elevation change that makes a yard so
much more interesting than just a flat palette. So we built up this little berm, brought in some good
soil, landscape mix, and put these evergreens in. This is another Golden
Pacific Juniper, look how happy it is. Shored it up with some
interesting rocks, which is what I’ve done
all over the place, just like at the waterfall. This is a Dwarf White Pine, Eastern White Pine,
called Green Twist. Stays low, and you can
see why it’s called this, it’s got these
really interesting, the needles twist and turn, unlike just a straight species. So it adds this, once
again, a really interesting textural quality
to this whole area. But it’s not gonna get so
tall that from the house it’s gonna block
her view beyond, to the rest of the yard. But it adds a sense of near
and far to a small yard also, so it adds interest in that way. This is a Dwarf Blue
Spruce called Montgomery, or Montgomery Blue, I’ve
seen it called both things. And my gosh, what a color. Pretty spectacular. If you look, you’ve
got blue, gold, and then this Kelly green. It’s really quite the
little showcase right here. So you can see, I
think that we’ve solved most of the design issues
that were brought up in putting this yard together. It is a sanctuary, it really
gives you a feeling of privacy. Lovely to look at, four
seasons of the year, and the dogs dig it. It’s a really pleasing
place to come to, it’s been wonderful to
see it unfold and grow, since it was put in. And everybody seems
to be pretty happy, including the plants. – [Narrator] For
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