A summer stroll

I talk quite a bit about how dwarf and miniature conifers are perfect for year-round color and interest in the garden. There simply is no better way to have a fantastically enjoyable garden, all year long, without incorporating at least some of these amazing plants into the garden design. That being said, there may be no better time to fully enjoy the amazing beauty of conifers (or any garden plant) than in the spring and summer months… well, unless you count autumn, which also has its definite advantages.

Spring brings on the fresh new growth of most all landscape plants, but climatic conditions may prevent some from fully enjoying all their garden has to offer. By the time summer arrives (at least in the Pacific Northwest) rain has become far less frequent and temperatures are very enjoyable, drawing most folks outdoors to enjoy all kinds of activities. One of the activities I love is simply strolling through my garden; or honestly, anyone’s garden!

Today I decided to share some inspirational views of the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden located on the grounds of Iseli Nursery in Boring, Oregon. I have spent a great many years associated with these folks, and their plants and gardens are always an inspiration.

This is a view looking west into the west section of the garden which was created in 2008. The golden Taxus in the left corner is a cultivar called, Taxus baccata ‘Goldener Zwerg’ followed by Picea pungens ‘Pendula’. The tall tree on the right is the elegant Picea omorika ‘Gotelli Weeping’.
With the warm summer sun to your back, you might enjoy this view of, Thuja occidentalis Mr. bowling Ball® in the foreground and including, Abies procera ‘Glauca’ (prostrate form), Pinus mugo ‘Jakobson’, Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Red Dragon’, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ and Picea abies ‘Tompa’.
This beautiful view is from near the main office building looking north east.
This colorful scene may be seen when driving around the main office. Of course the best view is when one is able to stroll through the garden on foot. The colors, textures and forms of this collection of dwarf conifers and companion plants is stunning.
Even during one of our cloudy summer days, the conifer garden is alive with vibrant color. The addition of flowering plants compliment the colorful dwarf and miniature conifers in the southern view of this rocky section of the garden.

Many folks will never have an opportunity to visit the beautiful private gardens at this wholesale nursery, but I am very happy to share some of the views I have enjoyed over the years. I hope you are inspired by these gardens as much as I have been.

Ed-
Conifer Lover

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8 thoughts on “A summer stroll

  1. How wonderful. I’ve gotten lucky to be working at Suzanna Farms Nursery in Maryland specializing in dwarf and rare conifers and Japanese maples. We sell Iseli Nursery plants. The next best thing to working for you. I’m having such a great time learning about these great plants and their uses. I can hope to visit your gardens someday! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Ed – can you help me identify a couple of your conifers?

    The picture I am referring to has this commentary:
    ‘This colorful scene may be seen when driving around the main office. Of course the best view is when one is able to stroll through the garden on foot. The colors, textures and forms of this collection of dwarf conifers and companion plants is stunning.’

    What is the name of the low, yellow, spreading conifer in the bottom right of the picture?

    Also, is the yellow conifer in the top right a Picea orientalis Skylands?

    Thanks – I love your blog.

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    1. Hi Simon – The low, yellow, ground covering conifer is Juniperus conferta ‘All Gold’. I wonder if you meant to ask about the yellow, conically shaped conifer in the top left? That is Picea orientals ‘Firefly’ – our selected seedling of P.o. ‘Skylands’. The globe-shaped yellow conifer in the top right of that photo is Taxus cuspidata ‘Dwarf Bright Gold’.

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      1. Thank you very much.
        I did mean top left! Unfortunately, living in the UK I am going to have to made do with your pictures of the Firefly – I love it.

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