It's been awhile since we've visited John Markowski's garden in New Jersey! (refresh your memory HERE & HERE) John sent in some photos yesterday of what's going on in his garden now, and it's so nice to revisit it. He says, "I garden in Zone 6B in central New Jersey and have two big issues I need to contend with. My clay soil drains very poorly (apparently we have a high water table in my town) and the plants have to deal with wet feet a good part of the year. I also have swarms of deer who visit frequently and destroy everything in their path (RIP peonies). As a result, I rely more and more on ornamental grasses and native perennials and shrubs. These include Joe Pye weed, amsonia (bluestar), milkweed, clethra (summersweet), monarda (bee balm) and others. Keeping it native has clearly increased the number of critter visitors so it is tough to really complain about my conditions." Despite the challenges, your garden is lovely, John! **Be sure to visit John's BLOG!**

This is prime time to take some photos in your garden. So get out there with your cameras and send some in! Email them to GPOD@taunton.com.

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