Two Views of Judi Dumont’s Garden

Sun, 2019-01-13 12:27 -- gsparrow
13 Jan
Steve Whitesell
Lola Lloyd Horwitz

Walking down a shaded street of brick rowhouses in Brooklyn in June, no special perceptual gifts are required to identify the house occupied by a skillful gardener. Judi Dumont’s house announces itself through sheer profusion of bloom, abundant, effusive, overwhelming. Further investigation reveals the stellar cast of this curbside production and the perfection of their maintenance. Rosa ‘Spirit of Freedom’ arches over the garage door, each cane already pruned in anticipation of a second flush of bloom. A range of cast stone containers, chosen to harmonize with the warm golden brick, spill over with Daphne x hendersonii ‘Fritz Kummert’, D. x thauma ‘Reginald Farrer’, D. cneorum var. pygmaea, D. cneorum x arbuscula, various choice penstemons, including Penstemon nitidus, several smaller campanulas, sedums, Houstonia caerulea, and a small sampling of dwarf annuals to extend the bloom season. Spring annuals have been traded out for summer annuals, with careful consideration of color and scale.


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