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Joyce’s Garden to Wander In

A colorful garden made with hard work and love

Today we’re visiting Joyce Hannaford’s garden in Natick, Massachusetts.

I have been gardening in this space for 21 years, but over my life, a total of 67 years. I’ve been in the garden 50 to 60 hours a week, weather permitting.

This is a side planting container with Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ (Zones 7–10 or as annual) growing at the top, pink pentas (annual) in the middle mixing with pink Dipladenia (aka Mandevilla, Zones 9–11 or as annual), a yellow band of bidens (annual), and at the bottom, trailing silver-leaved Dicondra ‘Silver Falls’ (Zones 8–10 or as an annual), purple Scaevola (annual).

This is our favorite place to sit in the garden. We built our fire pit five years ago.

The water feature was built for this space. Pink-flowered ‘Vista Bubblegum’ petunias (annual) bloom over the stumps of two ‘Heritage’ birch trees (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ Zones 4–9). The trees outgrew the space after 18 years.

Dining patio in the shade garden with my favorite astilbes.

Dappled willowDappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-Nishiki’, Zones 4–9) just before one of the four haircuts it gets a year. (Editor’s note: This beautiful variegated willow produces the most colorful white-and-pink leaves on new flushes of growth, so regular pruning both keeps it a tidy shape and maximizes the ornamental impact.)


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  1. mgol1068 07/10/2020

    Just gorgeous. Congratulations! Love your beautiful use of foliage colors and shapes.

  2. nwphillygardener 07/10/2020

    Lots to learn from such an experienced gardener. In the photo of the dappled willow, will it's upcoming trimming (one of four!) be the first or second of the season? I believe this may be the first time we've seen tree stumps identified with the cultivar name.

  3. blondie3 07/10/2020

    I would love to linger in your garden, very Beautiful, so much to look at. Thank you for sharing

  4. user-7017435 07/10/2020

    Your gardens are beautifully planned & seem to flow seamlessly from room to room. I believe the dining area photo is terrific & magazine cover worthy.

  5. bsavage 07/10/2020

    Very beautiful! That Dapples Willow is stunning!

  6. sagebird52 07/10/2020

    Gorgeous - totally wonderful !

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    user-7007816 07/10/2020

    Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 07/10/2020

    Goodness, what a beautiful and impeccably maintained garden. I have never seen a dappled willow kept so really makes quite an awesome impression.

  10. cheryl_c 07/10/2020

    Absolutely enchanting! I agree that the photo of the dining area is particularly stunning . Thanks so much for shaing.

  11. fromvirginia 07/10/2020

    Lovely start to my day. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on such a serene and interesting garden. Love the use of foliage so skillfully. That dappled willow is to die for. I am thinking of putting four in each corner of a lawn terrace that has a reflecting pool in center and boxwoods around.

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    treasuresmom 07/10/2020

    So very, very lovely!

  13. btucker9675 07/10/2020

    You have created an enchanting garden - thanks for brightening our morning!

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    simplesue 07/10/2020

    An amazing accomplishment and a great garden!

  15. user-7645917 07/10/2020

    I love the shape of the dappled willow! I have a sample willow but it all over the place. Did you over the years prune it that way? By the way, your gardens are stunning. I would love to spend time just looking around and enjoying the beauty you have created

  16. Sunshine111 07/10/2020

    So lovely! Your Passion and hard work shows! I hope you take time to enjoy it as well💕

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