John Auditore and Ted Williams purchased their north Arlington home in 1989. It is sited on a small, sharply sloped lot in a hilly area of suburban Arlington, Virginia. When they bought the property, the home's surrounding landscape was nothing more than trim grass, hydrangea, azaleas and irises.
|John Auditore and Ted Williams|
|Before: Their well-planned 'cottage style' garden|
|You can see the steep sloping as it rises|
|Ivory Zinnia 'Dreamland'|
|3 year grafted Abies koreana 'Child's #1'|
|Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis Pendula "Weeping Alaskan Cedar'|
|Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar) 'Robusta Glauca'|
To set off many of the garden beds, Ted built stone walls including one for a rock garden. Later in the rock garden he added an eye catching dry creek bed. This added depth and redirected water. The rock garden beds are mounded about three feet above the original lawn. As the garden evolved, Ted removed some of the stone and gravel paths he built that meandered through the garden and replaced them with grass. This was for safety reasons.
|Miniature Thuja occidentalis Primo* ('IslPrim'); Hosta 'Lovely Rita"|
|top left: Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Butter Ball' center right: Chamecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'|
bottom left: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nymph' Dwarf Blue
|Upper rear: Pinus strobus 'Diggy'; bottom front: Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'|
|left: Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' Dawn Redwood in container,|
surrounded by a collection of Caudiciform plants (which winter indoors)
|bottom front: Daphne xburkwoodii "Carol Mackie';|
|Taxodium distchum 'Peve Minaret' dwarf bald cyprus|
|In blue pot (accented with thyme): top right: Abies nordmanniana 'Dobrichovice' ;|
upper left: Taxus cuspidata 'Nana Aurescens'; bottom left: Cedrus Deodara 'Golden Horizon'
|An array of John and Ted's collection. left: Raywood's Weeping Arizona Cypress;|
front bottom: Taxus baccata 'Fastgiata Micro'
They have incorporated garden accents that create a unique mix of Asian and New England. Their garden attracts birds and beneficial insects. Morning coffee includes birdwatching and looking at the continual rippling changes in colors.
|Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' Coral Bark Maple|
|Pinus parviflora "Tani Mano Uki' Japanese White Pine|
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Thea McGinnis is blogmistress for National Capital Area's website blog. She is a member of NCAGC District III's Rock Spring Garden Club.
Photography by Thea McGinnis, John Auditore