Lauren Hall-Behren is a stylish young garden designer in Portland, and her home garden is one of my favorites anywhere. Somehow Lauren has managed to create a garden both dramatic and quiet, restful and flamboyant, yet still so practical it's featured in my last book "The New Low Maintenance Garden."
By repeating evergreens and groundcovers, planting in sweeps, and using plenty of hardscape Lauren has designed a garden both spectacular and relatively easy to care for. For a plant addict, that is. Lauren shows restraint as well as a keen eye for plants, shape, color and form. Her modernist aesthetic is both sleek and simple, yet lush with old-fashioned plants, like roses and hydrangeas as well as cool semi-tropicals, grasses and succulents.
Take a look - here are flourishing banana trees, a stately white brugmansia, a variety of grasses, and the welcoming paths of Lauren's own garden, called LilyVilla and featured in this Seattle Times article, and on Lauren's website.
Black mondo grass, Japanese forest grass and in the distant a dwarf yew hedge line the curve of path beneath the banana trees.
A look through toward the pergola-topped terrace behind Lauren's hundred year old house - the garden started out as an old, grassy orchard...
How's this for garden atmospherics?