Here’s some eye candy for a late summer afternoon. There are several gardens I admire that have little or no flowers in them and this is one.
The owner, Brad Wales, is an architect who is the middle of renovating a house immediately in front of the garden and also owns the storefront and loft immediately in front of the house. So this little space, behind the two buildings, provides a cool breather in a very urban setting.
Wales planned the garden to include only herbs and other useful plants, though he has kept two large old-fashioned climbing roses (white). They bloom once in early summer. (I have to research them next time they’re in bloom; it’s impossible to tell now.) Wales has added a creeping thyme bed, some holly, some sweet woodruff and a variety of other plants as well as placed paving stones, built a stone wall (unfortunately not visible here), and designed and built the fence. We are discussing what he should grow on the fence; he’d prefer something edible.
I really admire what Wales has done with this tiny space; I will never be able to restrict myself in this way, but it’s interesting to see what happens when a minimalist is loose in the garden.