Chanticleer is a garden located roughly 30 miles outside Philadelphia Pennsylvania. It used to be the home of the Rosengarten family. The house was built, with other summer homes, along the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The location provided families a much needed rest from the heat and hustle of busy Philadelphia.
We visited Chanticleer in late Spring. The garden is filled to the rim with texture and color. The planting schemes can be a bit impractical for a Zone 5 gardener without access to a greenhouse to over-Winter tender plants, but who cares about such details when you visit a beautiful garden?
Chanticleer is a dream landscape filled with garden inspiration and lessons. I took 3 lessons home from my visit.
- Foliage is just as cool as flowers
- Gardens are the perfect back drop for art
- Water Features are Cool – and we all need one in our garden
Let me show you what I mean.
Lesson #1: Foliage is just as Cool as Flowers
This photograph of an agave is a classic Chanticleer scene. Totally impractical for my Zone 5 garden because it would never survive a Michigan Winter without being taken into a greenhouse, but look at that beautiful plant! It makes me want to pick up and move to the high dessert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A testament to the power of texture and foliage in the garden. And you know what? You can achieve a similar look in a Zone 5 garden using a well-placed Yucca.
This shady seating area is filled with chartreuse-colored foliage plants in every shape and texture. In the photo above, there are very few flowers, but that doesn’t minimize the beauty of this scene. This area of the garden was incredibly inspiring. The color, form and texture of the various plants all woven together into a tapestry of happy color. A testament to the power of foliage and color. Clearly, shade gardens aren’t boring. This is the proof.
Lesson #2: Gardens are the Perfect Backdrop for Art
Chanticleer is filled with incredible creativity and art. There are cut flowers, animal print Adirondack chairs and sculpture. Little bits of art are woven throughout the garden. Filling the nooks and crannies with creativity. The photographs below capture some of my favorite artistic scenes from the garden.
Lesson #3: Water Features are Cool – and We All Need One in Our Garden
I love the sound of water in the garden. My favorite addition to our personal garden was a fountain we added a couple years ago.
Chanticleer provides great examples of water features. Some are elaborate, like the Tea Cup garden and Rill, but others are more modest and can be installed in a small garden.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these photographs from Chanticleer garden. I’m looking forward to visiting again this year. The garden always has something new and interesting to see.