WBNA Garden Stroll

(6.22) The West Broadway Neighbors Association (WBNA) will be holding their annual self-guided Garden Stroll this Saturday. I recently stopped by to visit with my friend Karen on Harrison Avenue for some photos. Unfortunately, the daylilies had just passed, while the rest of the garden has been timed to wait for Saturday’s event, but this provided the perfect opportunity for appreciating the all-important “bones” of the garden, and the color green. For one thing, this property and the surrounding yards feature several tall trees providing high shade for the garden. Beneath these trees, the owner has created an inviting, even shadier nook, in which to cool off and set a spell. While the shrubs, vines and understory trees frame a vista that gives the yard depth.

On the right in this image is a Cotinus coggygria, commonly known as smoke tree or smoke bush for its masses of wispy, pinkish-purple feathery plumes. The autumn foliage can vary from peach and yellow to scarlet. Smoke bush can be maintained as a somewhat sprawling, multi-stemmed shrub or allowed to grow into a small tree, like the one here.

On the lower left is a Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’ or the weeping blue atlas cedar. The color and habit of this conifer will make it stand out; use just one as a specimen (unless you have some wonderfully creative idea).

Next to the cedar, and against the back of a neighbor’s garage (see below), is a pergola completely capped by a massive Hydrangea anomola, or climbing hydrangea, one of Martha Stewart’s favorites. Karen notes that the blooms give off an intoxicating fragrance.

So stop in and set a spell.

(The associated fundraiser, The Solstice Social, will be held Friday from 6pm to 9pm.)

Free, WBNA Garden Stroll, 10am to 2pm, Saturday, June 22, WBNA, 1560 Westminster Street, (directions)


The houses in the Armory District are often painted in vibrant colors adding visual interest to one’s view at no cost.

But they aren’t mutually exclusive.



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