I found a little oasis last week even though the temperature was 97 degrees. My friend and Master Gardener, Linda, has a beautiful little pond outside her kitchen doors.
Funny thing, this is a garden of greens relying on shape and texture rather than the usual riotous August blooming flowers. Note: no periwinkles!
The garden is built of Holly Fern, Japanese Maple, Liriope, Crinum, small fig ivy and the rounded leaves of Leopard Plant. Linda’s Leopard Plant, Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’, thrives next to the water.
Koi darted about. What originally drew me outside was seeing one of the Koi leap into the air.
Linda told me a story of a Koi who jumped out of the pond and landed at the foot of a snail.
Luckily she was there and scooped him up and back into the pond. My only question was why would anyone leave this little oasis?
Pictures by Ann
Other plants along Linda’s pond: Yaupon Holly and Little Gem Magnolia for background color, Star Jasmine on the fence, Hostas, and ‘White by the Gate’ Camellia in the beds and of course a few herbs: pineapple sage, lemon verbena and basil.