By Kim Charles

Linda Mayer has created a special garden space that is 13 years in the making.

"I am Linda Mayer and we live in Swansea IL, just east of St. Louis in zone 6.  I have developed our back yard for 13 years.  As the trees grow, so does the amount of shade.  The fence keeps out the critters, though we have many birds.  Huge river birches next door provide a challenge as they drop much pollen, thousands of seeds which germinate and then yellow leaves to litter the yard all summer.  Asiatic lilies are my favorite, but they don’t bloom long in the heat some years.  I created the shade garden with paver path last fall to enhance the shade.  I enjoy GPOD every day and thank Fine Gardening for the opportunity to see all the wonderful yards of my fellow gardeners."

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