Little House on the Portland Prairie
We saw a lot of wonderful gardens during the 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Portland this past July. If I had to pick one favorite, however, it would be Rhone Street Gardens.
This is a garden where it seems every square inch is bursting with exuberant plant life.
The resident gardener at Rhone Street Gardens is Scott, who was also a principal organizer of the Portland Fling.
Scott is well known for his love of grasses. His garden has its share of colorful flowers, but your attention is really captured by the rich and varied textures of the grasses, with their movement, varying shades of green, and subtle flowers and seed heads. All this tall grass makes me think of Rhone Street Gardens as the Little House on the Portland Prairie.
Raised beds are used to make even the hell strips into bountiful gardens.
Rhone Street Garden also provides habitat for wildlife.
The colorful wildlife provides contrast to the flowers and grasses.
Scott is not afraid of tall plants. Here’s a happy clump of Joe Pye Weed.
Indeed, it is fair to say that Rhone Street Gardens does not neglect the vertical element in its selection of plants. I wonder if I could convince Scott to give Cup Plant a try.
There are many fine plant combinations, not all of them tall.
Such as Astrantia and – I’m not sure – Veronica?
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Persicaria. Scott has inspired me to plant more grasses, but his garden also makes me want to acquire some Persicaria. Looks like some Agastache mixed in there also.
Persicaria with Allium seedheads.
Containers with perennials cover ground that is not hospitable to plants.
Overall, the visit to Rhone Street Gardens was definitely one highlight of the Portland Fling.