|Contrasting masses of tulips caressed the house and invited visitors to linger|
|Hard edges were softened with climbing vines, like this hydrangea|
|Black pots set into a bed added height and contrast|
|The pool house was accented by a white garden of tulips and foxgloves|
Of the many things I enjoyed during my visit to Chanticleer, I would have to say the use of containers was one of the standouts. Containers were used on their own as focal points, they were filled to the brim with specimen plants, and they were used as garden sculpture to create vignettes that accented the surrounding landscape.
|Even broken pots were used creatively, in this case as a rock garden|
|This pot was the focal point, set on a carpet of blue and yellow|
|Pieces of slate were used to create these patio containers|
|Natural materials made this container extra-special|
Another special feature of Chanticleer was the masterful use of color in the landscape, which was inviting and inspiring. Fields of color were accented by specimen plants. Repetition of color was used to guide your view across the vast landscape. Seating areas were placed perfectly, encouraging visitors to stop and enjoy.
|The foliage and white flowers stood out against the field of phlox|
|The wisteria and allium balanced each other perfectly|
|A stone seating area near the ruin garden|
Everyone knows that water in the landscape adds dimension to an outdoor space. Whether you are trying to muffle the sounds of nearby traffic, add tranquility to your garden, or provide a habitat for a collection of koi, water features are an important part of landscape design. I wasn’t surprised to see that Chanticleer had mastered the use of water in the garden as well.
|A waterfall cascaded over a stone wall
|There is nothing quite as satisfying as playing in the water|
|A serpentine stream|
The last magical feature of Chanticleer I want to highlight is the use of structure. The ruin garden consisted of multiple garden rooms made of stone walls, while an outdoor patio area was adorned with a cathedral-like arch that served as an entry gate. As you would expect, Chanticleer showcased many garden rooms for visitors to enjoy.
|This wooden arch served as a garden gate to the seating area|
|Wisteria draped over a patio to create a sense of enclosure|
As I am sure you can tell, I could go on and on about Chanticleer and what a wonderful place it is. So here’s your call to action….go there. Don’t make excuses, don’t say next year, don’t say you have too many other priorities. Just make a commitment to yourself to go. Go for a walk, go for a picnic, go study the plant lists or go sit yourself down in one of the many seating areas and enjoy life. You can thank me later…and I know you will!