We continue the tour around the side of the house where we find an espaliered tree and small pond filled with goldfish. There are several water features in Jimmy Williams' Tennessee Dixter home.
Speaking of Dixter, have ever heard of the Great Gardens of Dixter? Jimmy and his wife took a trip to England years ago. When he came home he was all set to do some garden rearranging based on what he had seen in England. The end result is what you see here. You know gardening in Tennessee is very different from gardening in England. Jimmy has adjusted quite well I think.
Once you get past the long perennial border you enter into a woodland area. This garden was a favorite because of shade. Our new property has very little shade in the field where we plan to build our house. I have planted 4300 daffodils in that sun and I tell you the sun is kicking my b$%^. I will work very hard to get some shade trees going soon! I was most grateful for the shade in Jimmy's garden.
The garden through this wooden arbor is a mix of self seeders that include our friendly and prolific fleabane (the white flower) and ragwort. Isn't it lovely? Just those two flowers looked great! I never would've thought to let fleabane hang out in my gardens but after seeing this garden I'm leaving some in my gardens for interest. Normally fleabane is considered a weed. I am told ragwort can spread itself about quite a bit but since it is very new to my gardens I am hoping it does. Those sunny yellow flowers are a treat and bloom for a long time.
Native azaleas, rhododendrons, and other woodland plants such as sweetshrub, aucubas, and hybrid azaleas all played together well.
Just look at the color of this hybrid azalea....
in the garden....
Part III will finish out out garden tour week on Friday.