By Alexandra Dittrich

Stan Hobbs has attempted to create a relaxing woodland dwelling place—mission accomplished!

"There is an elegant house/garden in Hakone, Japan with the beautiful name “flower, mist dwelling place”. We have attempted to incorporate these qualities in a small woodland stroll garden using both native and non-native plants. The result is a restful retreat with many Japanese features and a strong Japanese aesthetic. The palette is restrained with an emphasis on form and texture rather than color. Stones, moss, and a variety of ground covers form a background for flowering shrubs including azaleas, rhododendrons, and early-blooming bleeding hearts and bellworts. Ferns, hosts, ginger, and shade-tolerant grasses introduce various shades of green. Several species of Japanese maples add structural interest. Stone lanterns, a small koi pond, and tsukubai reinforce the Japanese theme. The principle garden is planted beneath a stand of red oaks whose mass and age add a sense of permanence and shelter to the space. The varied scents of fragrant viburnums, clethera and oriental lilies permeate the garden as they come into bloom throughout the summer."

Included are several representative photographs of the garden in mid July. The garden is located in Glenville, NY 12302.

Have a garden you'd like to share? Email 5-10 photos and a brief story about your garden to Please include where you are located!

Have a mobile phone? Tag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

You don't have to be a professional garden photographer - check out our garden photography tips!

Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.

To read the complete article, join now!

With FGplus, you'll get exclusive:

  • Articles – Exclusive articles for more advanced gardeners.
  • Videos – Join our editors on their behind-the-scenes journeys.
  • Digital Library – Gain access to our digital library of special issues.
  • Need help? Our Ask-the-Expert contributors will answer your questions.