By Kim Charles

Japanese maple

Jim Hoose of Pennsylvania focuses on bright focal points and texture in his garden.

"The majority of my garden is an early spring one. Many of the plants need to be shade tolerant since by mid May there is a high shade cover from the deciduous trees that line the garden area. I'm always looking for texture in my plantings as well as the welcome little burst of brightness.
The garden is in Easton, PA."

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Tree peony

The patio garden: daffs, pulmonaris, alchemilla mollis, blood root, uvularia, later hemerocallis, astilbe, monkshood.

Arbor garden: hellebores, heucheras, myosotis, hostas, dicentras, later delphiniums, hydrangeas, Japanese iris, oriental lilies.


Bush clematis


Daffs, 'Rembrandt' tulips, dicentra

Daffs, dicentra, hosta 'Fire Island', 'Rembrandt' tulips.


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