Southeast Portland Gardens in June

By June 25, 2018 Garden Tour

I’m lucky to live in a city filled with wonderful gardeners, and my own neighborhood of southeast Portland is filled with some lovely gardens.  When I walk the dogs, I plan my route based on what gardens I want to visit that day, and this last time I brought along my camera so I could show you some of my favorites along a particular route.

Before we jump into the gardens, here’s what the dogs looked like after we got home:

Gus Papillon Dog

Gus

Ernie Papillon Dog

Ernie

So I think the mission of tuckering out the dogs was accomplished! On to the gardens…

Purple house with purple Buddleja

Purple house with purple Buddleja

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

A glorious balance of creating a bit of privacy with a welcoming & neighborly front garden.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

These fabulous house colors with the front porch plants are magic.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

A nice bit of rainwater management.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This is one of a series of gardens in front of townhouses — each is slightly different, and all are lovely.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

Happiness in a low-maintenance flower bed.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This Clematis climbing up to the glass and metal trellis on the other side is sweet.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This is one of my favorite front walls, although I reduce points for use of the dreaded Bishop’s Weed.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This is just a few feet from the sidewalk, which I consider brave given all the nearby dogs, but it really looks beautiful & well tended.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I think that little lantern on the front porch is the icing on the cake.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

That Daphne is scenting about half of this block and I love it with the weeping Cedar.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This shady approach to the side garden is soft & inviting.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

Confession: sometimes roses aren’t my favorite because they can be leggy and awkward-looking, but I really love these peeking over the top of the fence.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

There’s lots of sculpture in this garden, and I think it’s well matched with the house colors & fence.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

(Slighly overgrown) Business in the front. Party in the back.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I love that Fir anchoring the corner.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I love pretty much everything about this except that it looks lackluster in wintertime.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This church seems straight out of somewhere else, which I love.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

This gorgeous fence with the relaxed planting is great.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I love how the color of the door combines with the yellow flowers/foliage and that purple Cotinus.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

Each year this vine drapes this building like a cloud on a mountain and it’s lovely.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I cannot get enough of this wall design!

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

I remember when this hellstrip was newly planted… it looked great then and it still looks great now.

Southeast Portland Gardens in June

Each of the four corners of this intersection has a utility pole with a flower on it that coordinates with the road painting, and barrel planters. It’s a joyous statement of community for this neighborhood.

And there you have it; some of my favorite nearby garden spots to visit on a walk.  There are lots of others in different directions that we’ll likely visit at some point in the future!

Kate McMillan

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