By: Kim Charles

Foreground Abelia 'Rose Creek', midground Dahlia 'Gallery Leonardo', and right background Oxalis triangularis.

Cheryl and Jim Moon from southwest Missouri, have successfully rebuilt their home and gardens after an unfortunate fire. 

"I am finally taking the plunge to submit some photos of our gardens here in southwest Missouri. We have lived here for 26 years, but in October of 2014, our dream retirement home burned to the ground. We had to have the site excavated to remove all the debris, and what gardening material had survived the fire was mostly killed by the excavation or by the subsequent rebuilding.

I've put in some small gardens over the years on the half-acre, or so that is close enough to the house for the hose to reach. The first shot shows what had been the main garden, to the right of the sidewalk, before any renewal efforts. I was able to move the panicum to a new location in a stock tank on the north side of the house where it screens a bedroom window. This picture was taken in late the summer of 2016."

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This picture shows what had been the main garden, to the right of the sidewalk, before any renewal efforts. I was able to move the Panicum to a new location in a stock tank on the north side of the house where it screens a bed.

Here is the rock wall garden, that was to the left in the first picture, showing plants that survived the fire and construction – Boxwood 'North Star', and unknown Hellebores (I've had them so long they've been hybridizing freely in this bed).

Later in spring, the main bed again with some of the bulbs starting to bloom.

I call this our 'kitchen window garden' because our kitchen is halfway below grade, and we look out at this rocky hillside when we are standing at our kitchen counter. Heuchera 'Sweet Tea', Dryopteris Erythrosora 'Brilliance', some Ajuga reptans 'Mahogany', there is also an Epimedium, but it's not very big yet. Sorry about the weeds, – we were very busy this year.

Here is a before picture of my upcoming rock garden. This is actually on bedrock, and we would never have been able to put in a garden except that they raised our sidewalk, giving us room to put pockets of soil between the rocks. The root ball is a gift from the creek we live on – now quite dried and nice.

Here is the quasi-finished product - I've added a prickly pear cactus along with some other new additions since this picture was taken in July.

From April this year, Cotinus 'Royal Purple', with Itoh peony 'Julia Rose'.

Callicarpa (native), Hosta 'Kiwi Full Monte', wandering jew, Thuja 'Glauca Prostrata'. The bush in the background is Viburnum 'Blue Blaze'.

Papaver 'Lauren's Grape'.

Heucherella 'Pumpkin Spice', Weigela 'Spilled Wine', Dahlia 'Sights of Summer', Caryopteris 'Lil Miss Sunshine', seedhead of allium, unknown.

This is how the garden was looking by September of this year.

 

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