Garden Spots: Sandy’s Dream Garden



We were awed by this glorious Fatsia japonica. Have you ever seen one this big?


The glossy leaves of this Hart’s tongue fern really stand out in the winter garden.


Gorgeous foliage pervades this garden. We particularly enjoyed this Arum italicum.


Signs of spring!


Sandy also has an impressive collection of heuchera. We were drawn to the flame-colored leaves of this little beauty.


Sandy Gunderson’s garden is a labor of love. An avid gardener for many years, in her current home she has found the space to fully express her plant appreciation and has built a design piece by piece that reflects her passion. Recently, we got to view Sandy’s garden, and for those of you who are hellebore-lovers, boy oh boy do we have a treat for you. Sandy has about 35-40 hellebores in her collection, many of which were blooming when we came by.


The aptly named Helleborus “Party Dress”.


Helleborus “Spring Promise”

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Helleborus “Sally” shyly opens her petals.

Sandy, her husband Ken and Ziggy the Abyssinian kitty have lived in their home for five years. Sandy has accumulated a remarkable collection of perennials, through her short stint at Bear Creek Nursery, frequent trips to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and more than a few stops at the Garden Spot among other sources.


There’s no shortage of art in this art-lover’s garden.


Nothing makes a statement in the garden quite like a swath of glossy black mondo grass.


One of our favorite things about Sandy’s garden, is how she uses seed heads to enhance the winter landscape. Here some hypericum lend color to a chilly February day.


Witch hazel ‘Diane’

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Sandy has planted everything in the yard herself, except the larger foundation plants and trees. When they first moved in, she dug some particularly stubborn shrubs out, to create space for her horticultural treasures.

Looking at her garden now…we have to agree with her that it was worth the effort!


2 thoughts on “Garden Spots: Sandy’s Dream Garden

  1. Your yard looks beautiful, no matter what time of year. It’s amazing you revamped it all in 4 short years. It’s been a distinct pleasure to have you as neighbors.

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