By Kim Charles

Backyard overview

Gardening is truly a backyard passion for Laura Sheets.

"My garden is in South Carolina on the warm side of zone 7B, with partial sun and sandy soil.  I work in an office, on a computer, for many hours a week, and I spend as much of my free time as possible in the garden.  My (teenage) children's friends find it odd that I'm never inside.  They are always questioning and making remarks to my children - "How can your mom find so much joy in the back yard?" and "I see your mom is out in her natural habitat!"

I was once asked to give a class on shrubs, and the organizer asked for a biography.  I felt a little inadequate when I saw the horticultural credentials of the other presenters - from being a Master Gardener to a doctorate degree.  Mine was along the lines of, "I've killed a lot of plants over the years..."  I have finally figured out what grows well for me, but I'm not done experimenting!  I love japanese maples, conifers, hellebores, daylilies, hydrangeas, lantana, coleus, and the list goes on and on."

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Front yard overview

Japanese maple focal point

Front corner

Daylilies in back

The Magic of Oz

Canna in the back yard

Back overview

Backyard hydrangea

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