Jennifer and Elroy Carlson’s thriving landscape sits just north of downtown Seattle. In a neighborhood noted for its neatly manicured lawns and sheared junipers, they’ve built a beautiful, sustainable and edible urban landscape. Read the full story and see photos on pg. 32 of the Summer 2013 issue. Enjoy these additional photos of their landscape!
Foliage textures and colors abound in the Carlsons’ ornamental garden, including Lonicera nitida ‘Baggeson's Gold’, ‘Plum Pudding’ heuchera, ‘Red Edge’ hebe and variegated Bishop's weed.
Bamboo poles provide support for newly espaliered fruit trees in the kitchen garden. After several years, the poles will no longer be needed for support and will be removed.
Cisterns like these collect thousands of gallons of rainwater for irrigating the Carlsons’ ornamental and edible gardens. Downspouts reroute rainwater off of the house and shed roofs. Winter and spring overflow recharges an underground aquifer.
Marigolds, lettuce and herbs like golden oregano mingle in a mixed border.
Raspberry canes mulched with compost and straw have plenty of room to grow in an informal raised bed made with stones.
In the backyard kitchen garden, succulents thrive atop a two-story rabbit hutch, providing color and food for pollinators. Underneath the hutch, rabbit manure is composted so it can be used as garden fertilizer.
Weigela— with chartreuse foliage and hot pink flowers to boot—adds color even on gray Seattle days in the Carlsons’ ornamental gardens. Hebe glaucophylla foliage adds a delightful textural contrast.