A visit to John's Native Gardens
|Plantings near the house are composed in island beds. This bed near the garage features Japanese Maples, roses and evergreen shrubs. A paperbark maple (right) grows in the background.|
|Beautiful rock walls showcase the borders filled with perennials like peony and iris.|
|The charming porch is surrounded by ferns and potted plants. LaRue has a great collection of birdhouses and garden ornaments.|
|Asian Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Goshiki Kazura).|
I've never seen one so healthy and lush as this one.
|Iris fulva (Copper Iris)|
|A few years ago, a tornado did some major damage (see the website for photos). One of the casualities was this cedar tree. LaRaue saved the trunk and displays bird houses on it. It is covered with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).|
|Japanese Maple "Crimson Queen"|
|Japanese Maple "Skeeters Broom"|
|Japanese Maple "Viridis"|
|One of the largest Japanese Maples on the property (I didn't get the name).|
|Five-Leaf Akebia (Chocolate Vine) (Akebia quinata), |
one of my favorite vines, grows on a tree trunk
next to a pink azalea.
|Inside the carport that frames a stunning view.|
|Another awesome view behind the house. An immense Cork Screw Willow|
(Salix matsudana) can be seen in the background.
|Approaching the woodland garden. Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)|
|We missed the native azalea display but the rhododendrons were putting on a show.|
|A beautifully shaped specimen.|
|One last glimpse at the gorgeous color of the Japanese Maples.|
|The Japanese Maple in the foreground is growing in a pot.|
If memory serves me correctly, this is "Dancing Girl".