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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Karen & Ted's garden in North Carolina

comments (25) September 24th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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The garden house overlooks a mixture of herbs, flowers, and vegetables.
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Fall begins with a kaleidoscope of color with a combination of Autumn Joy sedum, sweet potato vine, and variegated yucca. 
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Navaho White crape myrtle bark and a variety of ferns.
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Jacob Cline monarda overlooks the water lilies in the larger pond. 
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Purple heart and hellebore
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The smaller koi pond.
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Hostas and Solomons seal.
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Combining a variety of greens and textures for shady areas.
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Gardenias and variegated ivy.
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The garden house overlooks a mixture of herbs, flowers, and vegetables.
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The garden house overlooks a mixture of herbs, flowers, and vegetables.

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Photo: Courtesy of Karen & Ted Harris

 

Today's photos are from Karen and Ted Harris in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen says, "My husband and I moved to Raleigh 23 years ago and have been long-time amateur gardeners. Although we live on almost 2 1/2 acres, most of it was wooded and frequented by deer, which offered many gardening challenges. After Hurricane Fran toppled multiple trees several years ago it provided an opportunity to rethink our landscape plan. Since that time we have added a small ornamental pond with koi and goldfish, a larger pond with a shady area for brief relaxation during long days in the yard, and a fence for a portion of the backyard to control the deer population and allow us plant hostas, hydrangeas, and other plants favored by deer. Last fall we built a garden house that borders the back yard and provides a year-round sanctuary for reading, garden planning, and storage of frequently needed garden items. We hope you will enjoy some of our ideas." Karen, your garden is beautiful, and the ponds are lovely! But my favorite photo is the one with the gardenias, simply because the little visitor is so darned cute....and I never thought I'd say that about one of those vile creatures... ha!

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Comments (25)

Letsgomom writes: Since I'm in the process of designing a building for my gardening needs, I'm wondering how you came up with the design for yours. You're looks so inviting.
Posted: 11:49 pm on September 24th
cwheat000 writes: Your garden house is beautiful. You have put together some great combos. I have eyed that carex sparkler on santarosagardens.com. You have used it masterfully. It makes me want to try it. Love that crape myrtle bark, also! Posted: 9:29 pm on September 24th
Karen_intheGarden writes: Tntreeman, the plant you asked about in the "variety of greens" photo is
Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler' (Sparkler Sedge).
Posted: 8:12 pm on September 24th
Sheila_Schultz writes: Encore here, too...
All of our questions about the gardens we see from day to day, with so many wonderful answers. How very cool is this? Fine Gardening magazine provides us with so much info, but it is GPOD that gives us what we need to know now. Love it!
Posted: 7:47 pm on September 24th
tntreeman writes: ok, i'm back for an encore. in the photo captioned "combining a variety of greens and textures for a shady area" is that Chrysogonum used as a groundcover? and what is that variegated tasseled Carex kind of plant? i think i really need at least 5 of those Posted: 5:07 pm on September 24th
meander1 writes: Well, Karen and Ted, I'm a woman of my word...just bought a couple of green foliage ferns to plant at the base of my cinnamon barked crape myrtle...monkey see, monkey do! Thanks for the inspiration! Posted: 4:15 pm on September 24th
Karen_intheGarden writes: Thank you for the compliments on the door color. I couldn't begin to tell you how many reddish colors were tested before we arrived at this particular one. It doesn't have a special name, but it's closest to raspberry. Tractor1, the crimson-like tree in the background of the small pond picture is a burgundy loropetalum. Posted: 3:05 pm on September 24th
ancientgardener writes: Beautiful, beautiful! My favorite view was the smaller koi pond. The surroundings so lush it looks like the Garden of Eden. I'm not sure what to call it (a cairn?) but I love the stacked stones. An idea I may have to copy. It's wonderful when a husband and wife garden together as a team. My husband didn't care much about working with flowers, but always did the hard stuff, planting trees, hardscaping, etc.,for me, and was pleased when others admired the gardens. Now he is gone and my garden has, of necessity, shrunk considerably. Posted: 1:28 pm on September 24th
wildthyme writes: Almost makes me wish for a hurricane if this is the result! Is that the deer fence in the larger pond picture? That would never keep out our "Montana mice."
Posted: 1:25 pm on September 24th
crizmo writes: Perfect garden, coherent, beautiful and inviting.

Annek, that is not a cairn. It is a pot of Sedum grandifolia. Posted: 1:18 pm on September 24th
dadeo1 writes: Superb garden ! but omg this is just a tease, right? Gotta be more pics of the ponds, and so much more of the 2 1/2 acres to see... :) Posted: 10:48 am on September 24th
GrannyCC writes: Like others, I love the garden house. I also like the variegated plants that you combine with Hostas to lighten the look. Posted: 10:34 am on September 24th
arthurb3 writes: Beautiful! Love the deck! Posted: 10:09 am on September 24th
GrannyMay writes: I can just imagine relaxing at your lovely garden house and enjoying the beautiful views, my favourite being the smaller koi pond. And yes, the crepe myrtle bark. Posted: 10:04 am on September 24th
Sheila_Schultz writes: Karen and Ted, your gardens are so rich with texture and color, they are just lovely. I'd definitely need my camera to remind myself of combinations if I were wandering through your yard! Then there's that sweet garden house... Posted: 9:54 am on September 24th
Annek writes: Picture Perfect! I love the first photo of the garden house with the pink-red door (what IS that color??) The bark on the crape myrtle is magnificent...oh, if only they would grow in Montana! Is that a cairn in the pot in the fourth photo down? Great idea. Ohh, to walk through those paths.

Posted: 9:47 am on September 24th
wittyone writes: Love this garden. It has a very serene feel to it. The doors to the garden shed give it just the right amount of liveliness. What color are they? Someone said pink, someone said red but on my computer they look almost fuschia. Whatever, it was an inspired choice of color. Posted: 9:35 am on September 24th
tractor1 writes: I like that garden house, and the red French doors are a superb idea, they must give a great view of the outdoors from inside. What is that crimson leafed tree behind your smaller koi pool? Karen & Ted, your garden looks captivating, I only wish there were more wide angle photos. Posted: 8:23 am on September 24th
gloriaj writes: I can see myself sitting on the porch of the garden house. The colors and texture of your garden are beautiful. Did you say you and your husband are amateur gardeners, well your beautify garden doesn't reflect it. Both of did a wonderful job.
Posted: 7:47 am on September 24th
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: Lovely garden! Beautiful plant combinations. Posted: 7:04 am on September 24th
meander1 writes: Hi, Karen and Ted, I can tell from these great pictures that if I were a visitor to your garden, I would embarrass myself with gushing enthusiasm. Although admiring everything, it would be hard for me to resist not making a beeline over to your 'Navajo White' crape myrtle and just gaze upon it with intense appreciation...love, love love that bark! And, it looks so stunningly set off by the abundance of soft fern foliage. Your garden house is delightful...it looks so well situated with the surrounding landscaping framing it beautifully. Hard to believe it's only been in place for a year. Posted: 6:52 am on September 24th
wGardens writes: Looks great! Especially like your garden shed and surrounding plantings. Wish we could grow the Crepe Myrtle where I am... love the bark. The ferns look lovely next to it! Posted: 6:48 am on September 24th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Idyllic garden, ponds, and setting. I am enamored of all of your foliage "captivating combinations." I love hellebore foliage and the purple tradescantia looks awesome with it. And I don't want to forget the agave! :) Posted: 6:39 am on September 24th
flowerladydi writes: Karen,,,, the garden is just lovely,,, and LOVE the pink door on the garden shed,, so charming!,, and yet again ( Jeffs yesterday ),, another GREAT photo of bark from the crepe myrtle,,,, I am in lust over that! -:), and looks so great with the ferns.
Yes,,,, the ' vile creature ' , and I would agree, does look kind of cute there!
Beautiful! Posted: 6:12 am on September 24th
tntreeman writes: great backyard and yep, i covet the garden house. is that Agave attenuata potted on the decking? "there are always agaves if you look hard enough". took me awhile to spot the little visitor Posted: 3:25 am on September 24th
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