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Sneak Peek: Garden Design Magazine’s Wild Gardens

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Sneak Peek: Garden Design Magazine’s Wild Gardens

May 17, 2016

Garden Design magazine’s new issue celebrates wild landscapes, never-before-seen coastal gardens, rugged terra cotta pots, and standout ferns for shade or sun.

To see the full issue, subscribe here—Gardenista readers get their first issue free.

Our favorite story from the issue? Homeowners turned a coastline garden in Kirkland, Washington north of Seattle into a wildlife sanctuary where hawks and hummingbirds keep company with the otters sunning themselves (as otters do) on dock pylons. “Some of the best elements of the garden were inspired by trips to local conservation areas,” writes the magazine’s editor in chief, Thad Orr, who wrote the profile of the garden designed by landscape architect Paul R Broadhurst.

Photography by Claire Takacs courtesy of Garden Design.

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Above: Looking out to Lake Washington from the house, the homeowners see garden beds planted with drifts of purple Geranium ‘Rozanne’ punctuated by the white rose campion Lychnis coronaria ‘Album’, writes Orr. Learn more about the planting scheme by subscribing to Garden Design.

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Above: A sunken patio paved has irregularly shaped flagstone surrounding a pool and retaining walls just the right height to double as extra seating.

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Above: The small fern Asplenium trichomanes thrives in a rocky habitat and stays green year-round.

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Above: Behind a retaining wall is a palette of purple, yellow, and white flowering perennials, their colors thrown into relief by clumps of perennial grasses, including Stipa gigantea in the background.

For more wild gardens, subscribe here to Garden Design.

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