Yard and Garden - Conifer/Zen Garden
Raywood's Weeping Arizona Cypress(Cupressus glabra 'Raywood's Weeping')This beautiful bluish-gray weeping form of 'Blue Ice' is a star in the garden. Lovely branchlets hang straight down from the main trunk. A well-behaved narrow tree that should be staked to its desired form, Raywood's Weeping will reach an average height of 12 to 15 feet in 10 years in the garden. Two are great placed on either side of a garden entryway, as they will naturally form a living arch. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderfully unique tree. USDA zones: 5 to 9Water and soil requirements: Average, well-draining soilLight requirement: Full sunMature size: 15 feet tallWhen to plant: Fall or spring
View of the upper level conifer/zen garden from the entrance. Photo taken February 2015 shortly after installation.
Selwyn Project 'Toffee Twist' carex contrasts well with the 'Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar.
The homeowners' stone bird bath is repurposed and has found a new home in the upper level conifer/zen garden. Flanked by three 'Mr. Bowling Ball' arborvitae that are planted into the gravel seating area, it's an unexpected focal point.
Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar (cedrus atlantica) wraps around a granite pillar to mark the entrance to the upper level conifer/zen garden.
Upper level conifer/zen garden. This is the highest point on the property, and arguably the most interesting. It's a study in texture, form and color.
The homeowners' bird bath receives a new life in this little vignette along the newly installed gravel pathway.
A 'Blue Cascade' blue atlas cedar wraps around a granite pillar to mark the entrance to the upper level conifer/zen garden. 'Toffee Twist' carex contrasts beautifully with the blue foliage of this conifer.
A stone pillar installed in the wide gravel pathway, surrounded by 'Evergold' carex is an unexpected touch and prepares the garden visitor for the upper level conifer/zen garden experience.
Skyland's oriental spruce anchors a chartreuse installation in a shady corner of the backyard.
Two 'Big Wave' Norway spruces back-to-back create an unusual variation on the typical "foundation plantings".
A 'Lemon Thread' false cypress and 'Slow Mound' Mugo pine blur the line between gravel seating area and planting bed. The boulder is cut into the metal edging to further soften the transition.