By Alexandra Dittrich

Iliana Takova has turned her homely lot into a vibrant and lively garden.

"My name is Iliana Takova and I live in Mount Prospect, Illinois. When I bought my house 6 years ago there was just an empty lawn with 2 dead trees. After I cleared the dead trees, I started to work on clearing the grass and creating the flower bed. Slowly, each year I cleared a section at a time and selected the flowers. My dream has always been to have an English Edwardian style garden, but considering the Midwest climate I quickly learned that it was not going to happen. I had to change my plans without compromising the main look. So after some research and some imagination I settled for a garden which I call a cross between English style and American Prairie style garden.

The garden is changing its colors with each season beautifully telling the Story of the Seasons - from the white iris, daisies, and blue catmint to the pink Echinacea, yellow black eyes Susan, and blue fortune, to the beautiful blue-purple coelestinum and aster flower.  I hope you enjoy my photos!"

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