EDITOR’S NOTE: With a blustery week forecast, it’s appropriate for us to share our final 2020 garden tour. Enjoy this tour of John and Barbara Casteel’s Tillamook garden that is “a work in process” — as every garden is. There is so much to see in the Casteel garden that we have two-parts for you, and Barbara has provided an extensive plant list guide as well. Thank to Tillamook County Master Gardeners for sharing your gardens this year. It was a pleasure to record these beautiful and unique gardens from north to south in Tillamook County. You can check out all the gardens on the Tillamook County Pioneer’s YouTube Channel.
The TCMGA Garden Tour is held every other year, and usually features self-guided tours through a variety of local gardens, and proceeds benefit the TCMGA’s Scholarship fund. With 2020 limits on gathering, the Pioneer has been able to bring the gardens to you … we hope you enjoy these tours and if you would like to donate to the TCMGA’s Scholarship fund, please send checks to 4506 3rd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141, or go to https://tillamookmastergardeners.com/home/.
By Barbara Casteel
We moved to this site almost 32 years ago when our children were small. There was landscaping in place, but we have changed much of it. The rhododendrons in front are original to the property. They are a little too close to the house and take significant pruning to keep under control. The bed under the front window is deep shade and requires plants that can handle that. The bed along the front fence is always a work in progress as we have not found exactly what we like there. Grass never grew in the front yard very well so we eliminated it and replaced it with hellebores and heuchera next to the sidewalk and moved the excavated dirt from an addition to the center of the yard and planted it with perennials. The east side of the yard is an experiment with spiral stones and groundcovers.
The beds and pots in the back of the house are roughly divided into two sections. The first part is the pond, lawn, and flowers, behind that is the vegetable garden. We like to re-use whenever possible, so the strawberry bed was formerly our bathtub, the herbs are in half barrels from the Farm Store, some of the raised beds are built from boards reclaimed from a boat slide. There are bits of copper pipe, fence posts, fencing, PVC piping in various uses and marbles in the wood fence.
We have a number of different dahlias. We got started 13 years ago when our daughter-in-law-to-be wanted dahlias for her wedding. After that, we were hooked and have dedicated a lot of space to the multitude of varieties available. Most of the tubers were purchased locally from Old House Dahlias.
We like to have a lot of variety to attract birds and pollinators and have something blooming nearly year around. We don’t save a lot of money growing vegetables, but we enjoy produce in season and have a little more to preserve and/or share with others. Sometimes it is enough just to watch things grow.
Here is Part #1 – see below for plant list:
Casteel landscape plants
Bonsai are little trees grown in a tray. There are some classic forms, but one can miniaturize most plants. Bonsai can live for hundreds of years so they are often passed from generation to generation. I have inherited several of mine, so I do not know all the species.
Lace leaf maple
Sycamore maple (from the Learning garden)
Pine( several varieties)
Western red cedar
Jack in the pulpit
Chinese ground orchid
Autumn Joy sedum
Miniature Pieris japonica
Wild lily of the valley
Blue star creeper
Maybe some others?
Coral bark maple
Variegated ice plant
Lavender (several varieties)
Part #2: The backyard, pond, vegetable garden and more …
Hot lips salvia
Summer blooming daphne
Espalier Apple (one tree, six varieties)
Gravenstein yellow transparent
Blueberries –planted when we didn’t know what to plant
Duke jersey others?
Peach flowering quince
Lemon balm parsley
Oregano golden oregano
Red-veined sorrel winter savory
Blue hyssop dill
Pink panda strawberries (ornamental)
Love in a mist
Scarlet runner beans
Peas (shelling and snap)