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Serving up Chanticleer’s Tennis Court Garden


December 30, 2023

Continuing my coverage of Chanticleer Garden, one of the stops on the Philadelphia Area Fling tour in September, I’m taking us today to the Tennis Court Garden. To enter, you descend a formal stone stair with planted-up handrails.

I loved a previous iteration planted with fleshy mangaves. This time, the narrow, sloping rail planter sported a vertical element, feathery dawn redwood saplings, with ‘Snow Flurry’ asters frothing around them. Yes, redwoods in the stair rail! They’re not meant to grow there longer than a season, so why not?

Snowy Japanese anemones were drawing the attention of bumblebees.

Whiskery cleomes added more white against the blushing flower clusters of hydrangeas.

The wider scene

Another pretty vignette with a wedding cake tree

The main path through the garden gets a jolt of drama from paddle-leaved bananas underplanted with golden ‘Ascot Rainbow’ euphorbia. As I mentioned in my last post, I visited Chanticleer twice on this visit: once on my own, before the Fling started, and once in late afternoon with the Fling tour. That’s why you’ll notice differences in the quality of the light in my photos. I’m using images taken during both visits.

Around the bend, variegated giant reed towers over dark-red persicaria.

Beautyberry was purpling up for fall.

Black cohosh (I think) stands out amid dark leaves and grasses in fall flower.

A side path leads to a placid lawn, where inviting Adirondack chairs under a big shade tree overlook the garden below. But for now, we’ll turn away from this pleasant scene and head uphill to the House Garden.

To read about my past visits to Chanticleer’s Tennis Court Garden, follow these links:

Up next: The meadowy House Garden at Chanticleer. For a look back at Chanticleer’s iconic Teacup Garden, click here.

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