Colorful flowers and foliage for year round interest: Heaths and Heathers Nursery;an authentic Chinese Garden grows on American Soil: Portland Classical Chinese Garden;
Travels to beautiful Shelton, Washington with Dave to see a colorful garden of heaths (Erica) and heathers (Calluna) planted by Karla Lortz to display her huge collection of these hardy evergreen shrublets that she offers though her mail order nursery, Heaths and Heathers. Erica, Calluna, and Daboecia offer both interesting foliage and rich flower color that add sparkle to the garden all year long.
Then Dave is off to the heart of Portland, Oregon where a garden perfectly blends horticulture, architecture, and literature into a stunning space. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden or Lan Su Yuan (Garden of Awakening Orchids) was hand crafted by Chinese artisans using traditional materials and techniques to create pavilions, bridges, and water features accented by magnificent specimens of Asian flora. Of special note are inscriptions that appear all through the garden and structures. The inscriptions come to life on the pages of Listen to the Fragrance: Literary Inscriptions in Lan Su Yuan.
In this episode of Garden Travels, Dave’s favorites include: Lavatera and Verbena.