June 6, 2020

The Plants Around My Pool

The gardens around my farm are growing so beautifully this season - the peonies, the perennial flowers in my cutting garden, and the stunning plants and shrubs around my pool.

The area around my pool is planted with a variety of dark-colored burgundy-black leafed plants. I always try to incorporate unique and interesting specimens in my gardens. Along the inside of the pool's fence, I have a growing hedge of purple columnar beech trees, Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' - a splendid tree with deep-purple foliage that holds its color all season. On the outside of the fence, I have Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ - both these shrubs have superlative dark colors and appealing forms. In keeping with the color palette, I've also added Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’, Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip', and Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ beneath part of the hedge as ground covers. Most recently, we filled two large planter boxes with gorgeous black mondo grass.

Here are some photos, enjoy.