Jeralee Mornhinweg has transformed her blank slate backyard to a relaxing multipurpose garden.

"My garden is in Watkinsville, GA.  After moving here from Upstate NY last year and leaving my 13 year old mature garden behind I had a blank slate.  I wanted a compact garden focal point in my lawn to function as a cutting garden, a vegetable garden, a relaxation spot, and a test garden (because moving from zone 4 to 8 requires a few years of testing!).  Also a requirement were beds that were easy to mow around because it's hot here and the more  time spent fussing on general maintenance is less time  gardening!  I grew most of my annuals from seed under lights and my family and I did all of the work on the build as well. Nothing was hired out. The garden features 14 raised beds with pea stone paths and an arbor entry set off by Sky pencil holly.  As I wait for my Eden rose to grow on the arbor I have heavenly blue morning glories filling the space.  The bed in the center has a water feature on a solar pump with aquatic plants, tadpoles, and five fish.  On each side of the garden I created vine teepees with six foot bamboo and twine and hung old landscape lights inside them like lanterns. The garden is only four months old, but is really taking off and I'm learning much about what does and does not thrive in sunny Georgia!"

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