By: Kim Charles


Laurel Statz from Wisconsin has successfully improved the conditions in her soil, resulting in many rewarding blooms.

"I have gardened in the rural dairy country of Wisconsin for about 10 years now and had hard clay and gravel soil to work with. This past year, I learned how to amend the soil and stake plants in various ways, resulting in sturdier plants with more flowers."

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Herb planter that DH built and is on the deck right by the kitchen door.

One side of the border along the aspen fence. Showing Hosta 'Gold Standard', white tiger lilies, rose campion, lambs ears (which are strictly deadheaded), SunPatiens, Hosta 'Halcyon' among others.

Another view of the bed in 3. Daylily 'Chorus Line', & Hosta 'Gold Standard'. The rock is a huge chunk of granite that was dug out when they dug our basement. The stacked stone is disguising our well pipe, and the bowl on it is for the birds.



Close up of a fancy Datura which I got the seed for in Hawaii.



My whiskey barrel birdbath this year.  Bedecked with 'Strawberry Drop' coleus, hot pink verbena, deep pink million bells and a few others that didn't make such a great showing.  Behind is a lily which I don't have the name for.


 A weeders eye view over the top of some flower beds.

A fun whiskey barrel of greens and purples.

Each year I try to consider the the colors in the birdbath when I choose the colors for the surrounding flowers in the pots.


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