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.
Dappled 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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