By Kim Charles

Panoramic view of my front garden, looking toward the street.

Jay Sifford from North Carolina reflects on what makes his garden special.

"Looking through my front garden photos from last spring, I realized that I’d forgotten how much color punctuates my major garden directives of texture and structure. I removed my turf probably 7 years ago and installed a very wide meandering terraced gravel pathway through the middle of the space, wide enough so that plants could soften its edges. The result is a stroll garden that seduces the imagination as the visitor makes his way down to the conifer amphitheater and finally to the Japanese fern garden by the creek. These photos gave this winter-weary Charlotte gardener a boost on a January day!"

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My front garden as seen from the street.

A plethora of color and texture: 'Louie' white pine, 'Twombley's Red Sentinal' Japanese maple, amsonia hubrectii.

Lacecap hydrangea overlooks large vessel.

Large foliage dominates this sunken seating area that was designed to elicit childhood feelings.

'Sun Power' hosta, burgundy coleus and 'Nikko Blue' hydrangeas add saturated color.

Baptisia frames a window into the front garden.

'Cascade Fall' taxodium creates an entryway into the conifer amphitheater. This is the tree that receives the most comments of any in  my garden.

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