Backyard Garden

Are you looking for landscape ideas you can implement in your own home garden? Take a stroll through the Northwest Demonstration Garden, designed to contain the landscape features of a typical Northwest home garden. An inviting pathway winds through the garden to allow exploration of trees and shrub borders, flowers and sculptures. Creative plant design is used for year-round color, texture, scent, flowers and foliage. Don’t miss the ‘almost secret’ garden. Step through a honeysuckle covered arbor and enter the small lawn area. This area, framed by trees and shrubs, was designed to create a space for relaxation and contemplation, and to provide a setting and backdrop for taking photographs.
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpus albus) Native deciduous shrub with many small pink flowers followed by showy white berries in late fall and early winter. Some cultivars have pink berries. Berries not edible.
  • Japanese Maple ‘Dancing Peacock’ (Acer shirasawanum ‘Dancing Peacock’)
  • Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia) A perennial to 6 ft tall with dramatic divided leaves and tall white flower plumes in early to mid- summer.
  • Japanese Maple ‘Boskoop Glory’ (Acer palmatum ‘Boskoop Glory’)
  • Sculpture ‘Genesis II’ by Brian Berman, part of the arboretum permanent sculpture collection.
  • Late summer color of Hydrangea and Crocosmia in the Backyard Garden
  • Sculpture ‘Stone Vessels’ by Verena Schwippert, part of the arboretum permanent sculpture collection
  • Honeysuckle Arbor : Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.) covers the arbor and entry gate to the ‘almost secret’ garden. Enjoy the fragrant flowers as you enter this small garden designed to help you relax, contemplate or take photos.
  • Three plinths with stainless steel leaves honoring donors contributing to the development of the south arboretum have been installed at the south end of the Backyard Garden.

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