Today’s photos come from Martha Ruhl.
Gardening is my passion. I’m really a novice and just buy what I like. We moved to the northwest suburbs of Illinois six years ago. I had lived in Southern California for more than 30 years and was so used to gardening all year. As soon as spring starts to come around I am outside nurturing my gardens every chance I can get. When we bought this house there was nothing in the flower beds except a few shrubs. Most of my neighbor’s landscaping is more shrub based, but I am a perennial lover. When we moved in, the back yard just had the pine trees and a crabapple. One pine tree died, so we had it cut down and planted a service berry. I had never had a woodland garden before, so little by little I started to build that out. Wow, it sure takes a lot of planting! I have purchased from our local nurseries and some in Wisconsin, as well as gotten plants from people (purchase, swap, and some freebies) on Facebook marketplace. I love to see other people’s gardens!
The backyard garden. Masses of catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8) bloom in the front of the bed.
Another view of the backyard garden.
My husband build this trellis from the pine branches I cut to let light into the garden.
Another structure built from cut pine branches.
The back of my house. My meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum, Zones 4–7) is even fuller now. This photo was taken in 2019. I’ve planted lots of meadow rue in my woodland gardens.
Garden beds in the front of my house.
Red penstemon blooming in the front my house.
An orange geum blooming in the front of my house.
A shade planting in the front garden.
A year after we moved in we had the end of the driveway hardscaped with stone, and then I planted the area.
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