By Kim Charles

Donna Bogumill of Olympia, Washington shares one heck of a garden with us complete with sound and movement.

"I love gardening in the Pacific Northwest! With so many wonderful nurseries and an almost limitless palette of plants that grow well here, my biggest challenge is containing my out-of-control plant lust. Over the past 13 years, I have been steadily expanding the garden area over our two acre property in Olympia, Washington. About a third of our place is wooded. We've left most of that natural for the wildlife that share this home with us.

Over the years, I've planted hundreds of varieties of perennials, grasses, bulbs, shrubs, and trees. More plants seem to follow me home every time I venture out to a garden tour or nursery.  The last words I usually hear as I head out the door are "Don't bring home any more plants." Like that's going to stop me.

I like to focus on foliage color and texture, especially in the shady areas. I also enjoy large sunny areas filled with both foliage plants and flowers. We added a water feature last year, which brings new elements of sound and movement to the garden.  

This is my favorite time of year. Many of the May flowers will be fading soon, but that's okay. A whole new cast of characters -- including peonies, astilbes, astrantias, and kousa dogwoods -- are ready to burst onto center stage. That's one of the joys of gardening -- there's always something to look forward to!"

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