Welcome to Leila Alhusaini’s beautiful garden in Kentucky.
When my husband and I moved into our Richmond, Kentucky, home there was no landscaping unless you count the weeds and wild honeysuckle that grew in abundance! We began wrestling the property into my idea of a “resort at home” about 10 years ago. I try to use colors that please me, and I love a lot of texture. I’m particularly pleased with this shady area that is hidden near the sunny entrance to our home. I’ve been lucky to be mentored by friends and neighbors with more experience than I have, and I have learned many lessons through trial and error.
Bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 3–8) and coreopsis get just enough sun to thrive.
An unknown bearded iris surrounded by ‘William Guiness’ columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’, Zones 3–8), ‘Lemon Chiffon’ heuchera (Heuchera ‘Lemon Chiffon’, Zones 4–9), and a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 6–9).
An overview of the little secret side garden.
A close-up of the corner, with the dark fence and foliage making a high-contrast backdrop for lighter leaves and flowers.
The view from the sunny porch, with containers full of flowering annuals.
The garden behind the fence boasts some azalea, ‘Butterfly Blue’ scabiosa (Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’, Zones 5–9), and reblooming bearded iris.
Detail of the scabiosa flowering in front of a flower-covered azalea.
Gold threadleaf cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Zones 4–8) and ‘Discovery’ Dutch iris (Iris hollandica ‘Discovery’, Zones 6–9).
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