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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! Sally's garden in Maryland

comments (21) April 16th, 2012 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Sally Barker

Today's photos are from Sally Barker in Maryland. Sally says, "When my sons left home about 15 years ago I decided  the backyard skateboard ramp needed to go and I began tackling vines and weeds and invasives on our one-acre suburban Baltimore lot. Hauling hundreds of wheelbarrows of conpost/soil and mulch, and designing along the way, I began creating deep and gently curved beds with layers of trees , shrubs and perennials. A stone patio was installed in 2002 allowing additional plantings. My goal has been to create a tapestry of shades of green and chartreuse and silver with beautiful and varied foliage. Flowering roses and hydrangeas and perennials are just the frosting on the cake!" Wow, Sally. Just....wow. Pure gorgeousness. What a great way to start the week!

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Comments (21)

AllThingsBeautiful writes: I have had the privilege to see this beautiful garden. It is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. It beckons you to come in and entices you go follow along the graceful beds. Sally is a master and perfectionist of layering, textures, and color. Everything is placed with perfection. Fine Gardening should consider having this garden in print. Posted: 7:35 pm on April 17th
cphol writes: This gorgeous garden should be featured in Fine Gardening magazine! The combination of foliage and accent colors is amazing! Perfection.... Posted: 12:13 pm on April 17th
jagardener writes: Beautiful! I am green with envy. Posted: 8:02 am on April 17th
SumHillGardener writes: The name of the creeping groundcover is Lysimachia minutissima which is a fabulous "stepper" plant. Prefers some shade, but I do have it in sun also. Never needs any cutting back. Thanks, Sally Posted: 5:34 pm on April 16th
JoInAnnAbor writes: Sally, This is an absolutely beautiful garden in every way. I would love to read about any detail you would give on designing and beginning a garden. What you have found that works and how you went about choosing what went where. Posted: 2:57 pm on April 16th
coneflowergirl writes: I am proud to say that I have seen this lovely garden in person. It won the "Best Large Garden" award in the Baltimore Sunpaper's contest in 2011. Sally is a gardening marvel and a great resource for her friends and neighbors. Posted: 2:45 pm on April 16th
mauritian_host writes: hi sally, your garden is absolutely beautiful... Just perfect, you are the queen of gardeners.. keep it up Posted: 2:39 pm on April 16th
snollygaster writes: I agree, Michelle, a perfect way to start the week. Beautiful! Posted: 10:00 am on April 16th
sheilaschultz writes: Sally, your garden is perfection... You are such a talented designer. What a way to start the week! (Glad you're back Meander1.) Posted: 9:50 am on April 16th
Annek writes: Wow. Your color combinations, attention to detail, placement, layering, and overall design is truly well engineered. You've managed to incorporate all the rules of gardening in an ordered yet natural way. Very impressive palette. Posted: 9:42 am on April 16th
summersbreezes writes: So lush and green looking -- the many shades of green, blue, chartreuse give such interesting depth to your garden. What a wonderful oasis to spend time in.
Posted: 9:40 am on April 16th
user-1120097 writes: Hello Sally,
We are from Brazil. My wife and me had a wonderful time just watching and comenting your photos. What a great work you have done! Thanks for sharing it with us.
www.lavandasgramado.com.br
rgds
Jorge Posted: 8:51 am on April 16th
pattyspencer writes: I believe this would be my vision of a perfect garden! Beautiful!!!!! Posted: 8:36 am on April 16th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Stunning. I'd never want to go inside. Your foliage-focus is very successful. I bet that the garden looks amazing all year round. Posted: 8:21 am on April 16th
poliver writes: Beautiful! Posted: 8:11 am on April 16th
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: Beautiful Sally! Wonderful borders with color and interest. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 8:05 am on April 16th
tractor1 writes:

Exquisite attention to detail, Sally Barker is the Michelangelo of gardeners.

Posted: 7:49 am on April 16th
Holly_in_NC writes: I love this garden! I would love to see this in the magazine with a write up of any of her secrets for design. What she's found that works and what doesn't. What an incredible oasis. Sally has done an incredible job. Posted: 7:33 am on April 16th
meander1 writes: Sally, your garden is pure enchantment and looks like the wording on any invitation it issued would be, 'welcome and come get lost amongst my beauty'. I love the generous proportion of your patio. What a glorious vantage point that provides to soak in all those lovely curving bed lines.Your tapestry is a triumph! Posted: 7:10 am on April 16th
greenthumblonde writes: Berkeley, that looks like sedum acre, golden carpet, but the owner of that sensational garden could probably say for sure. If so, it's a great ground ground cover for sunny areas. Once it's established around the stones it will cover them soon enough so be prepared to cut I with a pair of scissors and lay it anywhere you want to hid mulch in the sun. That ground cover gets more comments than any other plant in my garden.

What a fantastic retreat that is. Posted: 6:56 am on April 16th
BerkeleyBubbe writes: What absolutely lovely lushness! I would love to know the name of the green creeping groundcover with tiny yellow flowers between the pavers and flanked by hostas. Posted: 3:15 am on April 16th
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