As February is the month of romance, I'd like to continue to celebrate romantic gardens from around the world.
One of these is the Lingering Garden in Suzhou, China. Built in the 1590’s by Xu Tai, this garden delivers an idealized vision of nature. The design focuses on harmony and balance, seamlessly integrating buildings, stone work, and plant material.
To reach the garden you pass through half a dozen intimate courtyards, linked by hallways lined with poetry and rock sculpture. This passage is rewarded when the view opens up to a beautiful naturalistic lake that marks the center of the garden. You know that you’ve arrived, and the water frames views of woodland and a wisteria covered bridge. The lake is surrounded by a series of garden rooms—each one has its own feel and interest.
One room that I found hard to leave has a rectangular stone raised bed. Lily turf provides an outline for a mound of peonies. Various types of bamboo offer a simple backdrop.
The Lingering Garden of Suzhou, China. Simple, elegant, lush, romantic. Check out this wonderful video if you want to learn more about this garden.
See more photos from Chinese gardens here.