Yonette Thomas sent in these pictures of her garden in Glenn Dale, Maryland. Yonette’s photos show the great impact that restraint can have in the garden. All too often, plant and garden lovers fall prey to the instinct to have one of everything and to pack every space to bursting with too many plants, making a garden that is frenetic and overwhelming. Yonette’s garden takes the opposite approach, using carefully chosen plants, smooth paths, and lots of green. This is a garden with few flowers, and the result is a harmonious, soothing garden. We could all use a space like this to relax and unwind in the evening or listen to the birds first thing in the morning. Maybe I can manage to learn a lesson from Yonette and create a soothing green space in my own garden.
Azaleas are a fixture in gardens anywhere warm enough for them to thrive. Grown in sunnier conditions, they grow full and thick and make a dense mass of foliage and flowers. But this beautiful pink specimen is growing in deeper shade. It is still covering itself in flowers, and the shade is causing the growth to open up into a looser, more informal, and spectacularly beautiful cascade. View our guide to azaleas here.
More azaleas bloom around this round fountain. The imposing formality of this large, perfectly circular fountain is lightened by the cheerful frog sculptures sitting on the fountain ledge. Here are some simple ways you can add water features to your garden.
Pathways are key to a wonderful garden. This simple flagstone path curves gracefully, guiding you on into the rich green of the garden.
Generous seating surrounded by hostas and other shade-loving perennials invites you to stop with friends and chat or just relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. Get some inspiration with beautiful combinations of plants that are perfect for shady areas.
Humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy this garden! A bird bath invites other visitors to come and enjoy the space as well. Click here to see more ideas of whimsical additions you can put in your garden.
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