[C] The Colpitts Garden

2902 Stradford Lane, Blacksburg

Lavish eclecticism is at work—and play—here. Starting with only several magnificent old oaks 29 years ago, this corner garden has become a happy mixture of woodland flowers, cultivars, stone retaining walls, perennials, a water garden, a Japanese garden surrounding an oak tree, a whiskey barrel garden, and a miniature lotus bowl. So rich is the composted soil that ligularia spreads through black-eyed Susans and echinacea, and in the spring trillium pops up in bouquets instead of single plants. In the chevron vegetable beds and the A-shaped flower garden, spring-sown seeds sprout as if by magic to complement drifts of calendula and other self-seeders. A rolling greenhouse constructed of Habitat Re-Store windows nurtures young plants in this ongoing evolution whose byword seems to be, “Let’s try it!”

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  • Colpitts Garden