Take a peek at this garden of beauty in Bentonville
Story by Susan Jasan
To wander through the Bentonville garden of Tami Bever is an experience in the magical. Throughout the garden one finds delightful surprises. Tami artistically utilizes plants to frame the whimsical “pictures” she creates. Even the tiniest spaces are brimming with charm.
The juxtaposition of sculptural features against dramatic foliage causes one to pause in the garden to fully appreciate the vignettes. The arrangement is very intentional. Indeed, with an artist’s eye she blends foliage and garden ornamentation together seamlessly.
The garden is built around basics. Evergreens serve as the backbone of the garden beds: boxwood (Buxus spp.), yews (Taxus spp.), and hollies (Ilex spp.). Blooming plants such as azaleas (Rhododendron spp.), hydrangeas, ferns, Hosta, coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), Chrysanthemum, coneflowers (Echinacea spp.), creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), sage (Salvia spp.), and more add seasonal color. The contrasting textures of perennial foliage add to the garden’s charm. A mixture of hostas dominates the shade garden, from tiny ‘Patriot’ hostas to gigantic forms such as ‘Royal Standard’.
What makes the garden particularly unique is Tami’s use of fairies, gnomes, and large sculptural features, all with a great sense of balance.
Not many years ago, a pool was the focal point of the backyard. In a bold move, the pool was removed, evergreens brought in as background against the existing privacy fence, and layers of planting were added in front of the evergreens. A central lawn space is framed by the surrounding gardens. The backyard is still in transition as Tami considers the next garden feature to add to the existing landscape.
A garden should be an extension of the gardener, and in this case, it is just that. The spirit of this garden – with its whimsy, balance and careful planning – reflects the thoughtfulness of the owner. Tami too could be described as a mix of playfulness, whimsy, balance, and thoughtfulness. In the spirit of a true garden, this garden and landscape continues to evolve. A fire pit and enhanced patio area is in the future with additional evergreen screening and new planting areas.
As you plan and plant your garden, be sure it reflects your own style, whether whimsical or formal, whether natural or a collection of hybrids, whether small in scale or grand. Make your garden your own!