bridge over troubled landscape


Chanticleer railing

The topography of Chanticleer is as varied as its gardens. For Bill Thomas, Executive Director of the the garden, the steep slope surrounding Chanticleer House was both, problematic and precarious . The answer: build an elevated walkway that would comply with the American with Disabilities Act, enhance the beauty of the existing gardens and add a new garden to Chanticleeer. Jonathan Alderson was hired as the architect to design the elevated walkway.

Joanthan Alderson Landscape Architects

Ruin Garden pavement Chanticleer

The motif of the walkway is a spiral. The spiral design can be found on the railings, paving, climbing structures and the finial on top of a railing at Chanticleer.
The building of the walkway took over a year. An equally intense challenge was the design of the plantings surrounding the walkway. This was the subject of Eric Hsu’s talk on Thursday night at MetroHort.

Eric Hsu is the Plant Information Coordinator at Chanticleer.
 I am going to assume that everyone who reads this blog is familiar with the matrix planting style of James Hitchmough from the UK and Planting in a Post Modern World by Claudia West and Thomas Rainer. There are several different matrix planting schemes surrounding the walkway. Eric Hsu presented all of these in great detail. In addition, he also talked about a different kind of matrix.

How would this new garden area respond and connect to the rest of the gardens at Chanticleer? What degree of controlled chaos should be implemented? What level of plant diversity could be incorporated into the space?  The design consideration that I found unique was the idea of what does the eye see from the top down? In designing any garden, this aspect is usually unimportant.  “Plants had to good look from the top.”  Eric Hsu.

Here is the Plant List of Elevated Walkway Garden. I have put * next to some of the unusual plants on the list. Also on the plant list: Ferns, Grasses, and Sedges.  These are not included in the list below. 

Allium stellatum (Prairie Onion)
Anemone x huybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Windflower)
Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)
Aquilegia Canadensis (Red Columbine)
Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (Goat’s Beard)
Baptisia alba (White False Indigo)
Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (Pink Turtlehead)
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbetia)
Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)
*Dianthus cruentus (Blood Carnation)

Dianthus cruentus (Blood Carnation) Zones 5-10

Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ (Tennessee Conflower)
Epimedium x warleyenese (Epimedium)
Eryngium yuccifollum (Rattlesnake Master)
Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ (Sneezeweed)
Isatis tinctoria (Dyer’s Woad)
Knautia macedonica (Knautia)
*Kniphofia ‘Wet Dream’ (Red Hot Poker)

Kniphofia ‘Wet Dream’ (Red Hot Poker) Zones 6-9

Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Beebalm) Zones 5-8 / native

 *Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Beebalm)

Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)
Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’
*Persicaria x fennica ‘Johanniswolke’ (Giant Fleeceflower)
Phlox divaricate ‘Blue Moon’ (Woodland Phlox)
Phlox divaricate ‘May Queen’ (Woodland Phlox)
Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ (Creeping Phlox)
Pycnanthemum incanum (Hoary Mountain Mint)
Rudbeckia maxima (Giant Coneflower)
Salvia sclarea ‘Turkestanica’ (Clary Sage)
*Salvia ringens (Rumanian Sage)

Salvia ringens (Rumanian Sage) Zones 6-9

Sanguisorba ‘Drama Queen’ (Burnet) Zones 4-8

 *Sanguisorba ‘Drama Queen’ (Burnet)
Sanguisorba ‘Midnight’s Child’ (Burnet)
Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’ (Burnet)
*Selinum wallichianum  (Wallich Milk Parsley)
Silene subcilata (Smooth Scarlet Catchfly)
Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
Silphium terebinthinaceum (Prairie Dock)
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ (Betony)
Symphyotrichum cardifolium ‘Avondale’ (Blue Wood Aster)
Symphyotrichum leave ‘Bluebird’ ( Smooth Aster)
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum ‘Lady in Black’ (Calico Aster)
Thalictrum rochebrunianum x T. ‘Elin’ (Meadow Rue)
Verbascum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightning (mullein)

Allium hollandicum ‘Puirple Sensation’ (Ornamental Onion)
Allium schubertii (Ornamental Onion)
Chionodox forbesii (Glory of Snow)
Crocus tommasinianus (Tommy Crocus)
Dichelostemma congestum (Dichelostemma)
Galanthus nivalis (Common Snowdrop)
*Lilium leichtlinii (Leichtlin’s Lily)

Lilium leichtlinii (Leichtlin;s Lily)Zones 3-8

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ (Poeticus Daffodil)
Narcissus ‘February Silver’ (Daffodil)
Narcissus ‘Snow Baby (Daffodil)
Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’ (Scilla)
Tulipa sylvestris (Woodland Tulip)
Tulipa ‘White Emperor’ (White Emperor Tulip)
*Tulipa turkestanica (Turkestan Tulip)

Tylipa turkestanica (Turkestan Tulip) Zones 3-8

Camellia oleifera ‘Lu Shan Snow’ (OilCamellia) Zones 7-10

Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)
*Camellia olefiera ‘Lu Shan Snow’ (Oil Camellia)
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
Populus tremuloides (Quarking Aspen)
Gelsemium sempervirens ‘Margarita (False Jasmine)

Eric Hsu




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