It is a delight to see the response of guests as they open the gate to the 33 foot long arbor. It is partially hidden by a large lilac and juniper tree. A few years ago this narrow full sun side yard was hot and dry. It was while visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens that I got the idea of putting an arbor that would run along the side yard that leads to the back garden. And, of course, Ted designed and made this arbor. I promised him that it would be the last arbor I would think up and so far so good. I still have 2 more arbors that I have not introduced in this blog, so indeed enough is enough. But, this arbor is a delight. I don’t think I want vines to cover it. It is fun to be able to look down and through it from from our upstairs bedroom.
Blue Wooly Speedwell (veronica pectinata) is one of my favorite ground covers. It is a true zone 4 xeric. It is also not attractive to deer or bunnies. I have it in several places in the garden. On the left side I have been letting the raspberries spread. The yellow painted gate at the end says “Welcome to our Garden”. I love it when first time visitors say as they open the gate “It’s a secret garden”
Trumpet vines bloom in the summer. I have been taming the growth on the right side creating spaces for vegetable to grow