Cherry Ong is taking us to visit Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, British Columbia. These photos are from a trip she took there this spring.
Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) are always beautiful, but look at the incredible trunk on this old cutleaf variety. It is an incredible piece of living sculpture.
Looking across the garden, there is some truly beautiful stone carefully accented by beautiful plants.
This clump of Asian mayapple, with outrageous spotted foliage, looks like the variety Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, (Zones 6–9).
This stunning Rhododendron is in full bloom. In climates where they thrive—like the Pacific Northwest—rhododendrons can be overplanted, but it is easy to see why. What a beautiful plant!
Beautiful garry oaks (Quercus garryana, Zones 6–9) cast wild shadows on the lawn. This species of oak, native to the west coast of North America, is being threatened as its native habitat is destroyed by urban development.
Sometimes simplicity is the most effective approach, as exemplified by this beautiful container with its single dwarf conifer offset by a carpet of hens-and-chicks (Sempervivium sp, Zones 4–8).
The pond is ringed by beautiful stones and conifers. The leaves of waterlilies (Nyphmaea, Zones 4–10) are just coming up to the surface.
The local turtles are big fans of the water as well.
Two blooms from Anemone nemorosa (Zones 5–8) varieties—the one on the left is the double cultivar ‘Vestal’.
This trout lily (Erythronium) is probably the hybrid ‘Pagoda’ (Zones 4–9). Different species of trout lily are native to woodlands around North America and give elegant spring displays of bloom in shade.
This gorgeous trout lily is probably ‘White Beauty’.
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