One of the private gardens open this year for Trade Secrets was Coltsfoot Garden in Cornwall, CT. This is an enchanting cottage garden that along with the colonial home has been in this family for almost 100 years. Upon arrival you are immediately dawn in by the multi-colored lilac trees surrounding the garden, the crabapple trees and the surrounding landscape. This is Litchfield county CT at its finest.
The garden while formal in structure is welcoming and plants are encouraged to self sow wherever they can find a spot.
There is a newly added second vegetable garden placed closer to the house, surrounded by a picket fence, gravel paths and artful colorscaping of vegetables like asparagus, lettuces, peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers and rhubarbs. Plants are staked using branches and twigs in artful and rustic ways.
There are perennial gardens framing a neighbor’s old barn featuring boxwood, peonies, crabapple trees, dwarf Alberta Spruce, roses, irises, bachelor buttons, spurge, and daylilies which create a delightfully soft, uncluttered effect.
Gravel paths are created in a geometric pattern to facilitate your winding your way throughout with their edges being blurred by lady’s mantle, nepeta (my favorite plant) and others.
This is another garden area with an ingenious method of taming climbing vines. This garden features, raspberries, vegetables, peonies for cut flowers. I suggest if you love to have cut flowers in your home and hate the idea of cutting in your ornamental beds that you plant a separate area for cutting flowers both perennial and annuals for all season flowers. Don’t forget to use your greens like hostas, astible, solomon’s seal, grasses and branches etc. to fill in.
This couple lovingly maintains the property coaxing dahlias, hydrangeas, lilacs and roses to thrive year after year. The formal yet informal design of the garden allows for times of not too much fuss!
Thank you to the Hubbard’s for opening their garden to us for Trade Secrets Open Garden Tours 2017. Can’t wait for 2018!
I have written many times over the years about the Trade Secrets event which takes place in mid-May each year. You can read more about this fabulous event in previous blogs.
Trade Secrets GardenTours
Trade Secrets Garden Tours part 2