Today we’re visiting Bonnie Helander’s garden.
Hello! I live in Peachtree City, Georgia, and have been gardening here since 2004. My pond and waterfall form the focal point of the back garden. The view attached of the pond is what my husband and I see from our back deck. My husband, Dan, has saved and repaired vintage chairs and other seating, and we painted the mismatched chairs in salmon, yellow, or purple to add a punch of color in the garden. Dan also built the garden shed in the back. We do all our own gardening, and while this is all-consuming, it is truly a labor of love. As the Chinese proverb says, “Life begins the day you start a garden.”
The pond and waterfall in the spring of 2019. What a magnificent focal point for the garden.
The garden arbor is covered with star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 8–10), which is both beautiful and wonderfully fragrant.
Garden sculptures in a sea of lush greenery. The white flowers are from chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata, Zones 4–10). Be warned that this plant can spread very aggressively, so plant with caution.
A beautiful Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9)
Vintage, mismatched chairs painted bright colors add a cheerful note to this sitting area.
The beautiful shed built by Bonnie’s husband, Dan. “Shed” feels like the wrong word for this beautiful little building! I wish my shed looked this good. Maybe I can borrow Dan.
The pathway through the upper garden, lined with brightly painted chairs, leads to the shed.
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