Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors, Part 2

Change of plans: this post will not be about Brent and Becky’s Bulbs catalog, but I will get to them in the near future. Instead I want to write about the garden of Linda Ernst, who has developed an inspiring garden that is linked, front and back, with that of her close friend and neighbor Joanne Fuller.

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Actually, the title for this post should really be Good Friends Make Great Gardens, because these two were friends before one moved in next to the other and the gardens took their present form.

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Linda has a city lot and a half to work with, and she takes advantage of the extra space to create distinct garden rooms. Though to perfectly honest, looking at these pictures now I’m having a hard time remembering which garden room was where. So this post will be a little jumbled on that point.

Linda’s garden has more straight lines than Joanne’s and a more modern feel. However, it still has voluptuous masses of plants, and more bright color than you will find next door.

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I love this combination of tall lilies (Orienpet hybrids, I think) and Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). The rectangular steel fountain is interesting. Not as bird friendly, but there are birdbaths elsewhere in the garden.

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A sunny corner with brightly colored annuals and (if I remember right) a potting bench.

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A sample of the metal sculpture found throughout the garden. The Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) climbing up a wire trellis make me happy.


Linda basically blockaded her garage in order to create a container garden and patio. This by itself makes her my hero.

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More Luscious lilies scent the only bit of lawn in the whole garden.

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A shady corner with more sculpture. This one reminds me a bit of overalls hanging out to dry. It seems to insert a sober note between the purple Clematis and bright orange Daylilies, a combination I love.

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Linda Ernst makes fused glass objects and some of her work is on display in the garden.

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Every garden needs a wire cat. I considered walking off with this one.

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A shady spot with fine and bold textured plants.

In so many ways this was a garden to envy and emulate.

47 Comments on “Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors, Part 2

  1. This one is a beauty. I really like the combination of defined edging and structure coupled with overflowing, abundant and colourful planting.

  2. That last shot with the fabulous foliage has caught my eye. Any idea what those enormous leaves are bottom right? Looks too shady for a castor oil plant…

  3. What a lovely garden Jason, I can see why you like it so much, I love the yellow sculpture lady holding up the clematis, great fun.

  4. I loved these two gardens. Like you, though, when I wrote a post about them, I couldn’t always remember which was which. I loved all the garden art, too, and the bright colors–it made me realize that is something sorely lacking in my own garden.

    • The thing was, Judy was walking back and forth through the garden gate taking pictures in both gardens so there is no one point where one garden ends in the photos and the other begins. But I guess that is partly the point.

  5. Gosh. I just love how lush Northern gardens can be. What a delight to see.

  6. Thanks, Jason, for the report. What a lovely garden…the colors therein are spectacular. Very, very thoughtful and creative design.

  7. I have seen these gardens on other sites. I think you presented this one perfectly. Here kitty kitty kitty…

  8. Love that cat … wish it would ‘saunter’ into my garden. Lovely post, really enjoyed those wonderful plantings schemes. And someone prepared to forsake a garage!

  9. What a special place. Gardens are a real credit and testament to the planning.
    Envy indeed. As has been said, the last picture is gorgeous, is there anything more eye catching than fabulous lush foliage

  10. How gorgeous! I’d probably be tempted to walk off with that wire cat, too 🙂 As much as I love color and flowers, that last picture is the one that struck me the most. So beautiful!

  11. I love how she gets such different feelings in the rooms, the potting room is so casual and cottage like and the other areas are so formal. So nice to be next to another gardener too, lots of talking “over the fence”!

  12. So much colour!! Very eye popping. What I like best though is, as you point out, the lines in the garden and use of rooms. The colour is attractive but the way everything is organized is very graceful. Would love to find myself sitting back there in an afternoon. Great tour.

  13. There are so many amazing vignettes in this space that made me drool!!! I really think her garden has an amazing sense of balance and her pops of color throughout her space are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this one! Nicole

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