Take a Virtual Tour of This Naturalistic Garden

Take a Virtual Tour of This Naturalistic Garden

This is a garden in Portland, Oregan which is designed to welcome birds and bees as well as other small insects. This means that it includes many native plants that are both ornamental and kind to the environment. To encourage the wild visitors there are bird feeders and houses for bees, bats and birds. This intriguing garden is described in an article by Anne Balogh which I found on the Garden Design Magazine website.

A common mistake gardeners make is adorning their flower beds with plants that appeal to them visually with little thought given to their impact on the environment. Yet it?s possible to have the best of both worlds?a garden that not only delights the eye, but also benefits the native habitat.

01_paver_walkway_through_back_garden Tamara Paulat (Homeowner) Portland, OR

A paver walkway meanders through the back garden, under the watchful eyes of a concrete Buddha, which sits among Echinops ritro. Also in the mix are Hebe ?Quicksilver?, Penstemon ?Husker Red?, and a variety of Pacific Northwest natives such as Sedum oreganum, Juncus effusus, Armeria maritima, and Penstemon serrulatus.

That ideal blend of beauty and sustainability was achieved by Tamara Paulat in her charming Pacific Coast garden in Portland, Oregon. Her entire yard (which she calls ?Chickadee Gardens?) is populated with a carefully chosen mix of native and ornamental plants that are kind to the environment while echoing the architectural style of her 1929 Spanish Revival home.

02_spanish_revival_home_surrounded_by_chickadee_garden Garden Design Calimesa, CA

Paulat?s Spanish Revival style home is unusual in the Pacific Northwest, and she has selected plants that enhance its architecture yet thrive in their native habitat. Spiraea douglasii with fluffy pink blooms were planted as an alternative to invasive butterfly bush or buddleia. The two small trees, which were there when Paulat bought the house, are Myrica rubra-relatively unknown around the West Coast but common in Japan. She simply pruned them to bring in more light and air circulation. An Acer circinatum (vine maple) in a terra-cotta pot on the front porch echoes both the Spanish influence of the home while being native to the Pacific Northwest.

?Everything has to pull its weight around here,? says Paulat, who is platinum certified with the Portland Backyard Habitat Certification Program. ?It is either a native plant that provides a habitat for insects and birds or an ornamental that is non-invasive, adaptable to our area, and provides some sort of benefit for wildlife in the form of food, shelter, seed, or building material.?

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