By: Kim Charles

Marge Hebblethwaite and her husband Chris have overcome the challenges of clay soil and shade, creating a garden with unique foliage as the focal point.

"My husband and I garden in Zone 5B in central New York, where the winters are long, but the growing season is worth waiting for.  We’ve been living in our home for 20 years and have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t in our amended clay soil.  I'm a plant geek and love playing with interesting foliage both in the garden and in the many containers I pot up every year.

Our back shade garden is very challenging because we have standing water there in winter and spring, and a large tree that sucks up the moisture in the summer.  This year we lost one of the larger shrubs along the fence (and are losing our Viburnum as well) so we filled in the spot with this pot grouping featuring a Red Abyssinian Banana plant."


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We look forward to seeing more beautiful gardens as we round out the summer season! Happy Gardening! Kim


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