North Carolina garden highlights from Nicole King.
"This was a rewarding year, with several new projects around the yard. Last fall's addition of nine Sunshine ligustrums and distribution of existing Becky shasta daisies and coneflowers in our mixed perennial/shrub/conifer berm yielded a more unified and colorful appearance this year along the road. Three side-planted baskets perched on 6 foot posts allowed the planting of colorful annuals that might have otherwise been deer treats. Another project included building a hexagonal planter with a small frog pond in the center. I had no idea that the cannas and elephant ears would grow so massive; I'm going to try to mulch them in-ground to overwinter (zone 7b). Other photos include an overhead view from our second floor, crocosmia and a paper bush outside the back porch, Alabama Jubilee daylilies complimenting a solar owl, and a planting of pineapple lily and betony along the sidewalk. I leave you with my most recent project, a Halloween Fairy Garden within an upcycled parts washer. My kids weren't that impressed, but I'm enjoying it. Happy Fall!"
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