Front-yard gardens take center stage, welcoming guests with bursts of color or drawing the eyes of passerby with showy beauty.Those kinds of garden have their place, but the Winnetka, Illinois, garden of Sandra and Richard Forsythe serves a different purpose: It’s the view Sandra Forsythe drinks in each time she looks out a kitchen window facing a private area to the back of her home. Sandra, who got her start as a gardener by tending the roses that were growing when she moved into her 1920s-era home, always lamented that her primary view wasn’t prettier – it was mostly just grass.
That changed in 2006, when she enlisted help from landscape designer Craig Bergmann, of Lake Forest, Illinois-based Craig Bergmann Landscape Design. Craig designed a cutting garden that yields plentiful stems of colorful flowers from early spring through late fall. “It’s a delightful thing to look at,” Sandra says of the rectangular-shaped, symmetrical space that resulted from her collaboration with Craig Bergmann, and also serves as a palette for her cut-flower arrangements. This favorite pastime keeps the inside of her home looking beautiful too.
In the colorful mix here, Craig included annuals and perennials in the garden’s design to give Sandra ample material for her cut-flower arrangements. She even uses dried stems and seed heads. Flowers in coral hues, Sandra’s favorite color, were a must-have. They include ‘Swan’s Desert Storm’ dahlia and ‘Crichton Honey’ dahlia. Blue delphinium, tangerine-colored nasturtium and other plants in shades of blue, purple and yellow complement the pale-pink shades.
Produced by Rebecca Christian
Photography: Linda Oyama Bryan