By Kim Charles

 

“Dappled Berms:” One amazing shade garden created by Scott VanderHamm.


"This garden, located in Poughkeepsie, NY, is situated on a one-acre property within a 1950s (IBM-era) suburban community. As a result of the mature growth trees which dominate the grounds, a shade perennial garden was created and cultivated over eighteen seasons of weekend gardening. The assembled collection of plants, spread throughout numerous beds and man-made berms, relies heavily on the juxtapositions of color, texture, and form to bring interest and natural beauty to the garden. One of the highlights of the garden is the collection of more than 150 different hosta cultivars numbering more than 300 specimens, all labeled for ease of identification."

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