My garden is on a quarter of an acre, and I have planted it for 50 years. Due to massive compost enrichment, I do not spray or fertilize. Last summer it was registered in the Archives of the Smithsonian Institution. In order to display my collection of plants better, I divided the garden into rooms. I created paths with round stepping stones set into blue river stones. The paths pull the visitor magically into the garden.
I have several garden tours every year, and a lady told me once, “When I die and go to heaven, I want heaven to be like your garden.”
The palette of my garden is blue and gold. Here is golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 4–8) backed by ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort (Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’, Zones 4–9).
I placed variegated plants where the green was overwhelming and in areas that are dark and uninteresting. I also use a lot of blue-leaved plants. Plants with large leaves have a presence that a garden needs. Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’ (Alexander’s Great Siberian bugloss, Zones 3–7), Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 5–8), and Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ (Zones 3–8) lighten up a whole planting underneath a towering dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Zones 5–10).
More beautiful foliage fills in a shaded area.
I also created small water features. The trickling of water adds to the charm and magic of the garden.
My front garden is the “Asian Garden.” The golden Buddha is sitting underneath a Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Pearls’ (Japanese snowbell, Zones 6–8). In early June when I was walking through the garden, I was enthralled by the light pink petals that had fallen overnight and covered the whole area.
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