My name is Linda Newber, and I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, Zone 8. Since last submitting pictures (Lindas Coastal North Carolina Garden), I have added two greenhouses to my garden. Thought I’d send some pics this time of the greenhouses and a shade garden I am developing behind them. Please overlook the messiness in some of the pictures. I wasn’t thinking about submitting them when I took them. Hope you enjoy the pics.
I had wanted one larger greenhouse, but when I went to the planning commission, I quickly learned that anything over 12 feet required permits, inspections, and lots of hoops to jump through. So I ditched my original plan and built two greenhouses just under 12 feet square. I then joined them with an arbor and brick patio.
The patio extends behind the greenhouse, where I am developing a shade garden. I’ve also included a picture of a butterfly garden I’m working on in front of the greenhouse. Most of these pics are from last summer.
A peek inside one of the houses shows a leaded glass window—a steal from Habitat for Humanity.
I bought this house in 2008, but it was built in 1959. As with many homes in this area, it is surrounded by 50-year-old camellias and azaleas. You can see a bank of azaleas in this photo. Several of the camellias have grown into trees, and most of the shade behind the greenhouses is provided by one of those.
My latest project is the back fence. Chain-link fences are not very attractive. I had a friend, BJ, who wanted a garden structure in her yard taken down, including lots of vinyl lattice. I was only too glad to help dismantle it, and she gave me the lattice. A cousin, Valora, had some lattice collecting dust in her shed, and I bought two pieces from Habitat for Humanity at a dollar each. I attached the lattice to the fence with some plastic attachments I use with vines. The lattice brightens up the area and makes a nice backdrop for the plants. Total cost was $2.00 and some elbow grease. I love recycling. The fountain was another steal. I found it on Craigslist. I am blessed to have a cousin, James, who loves gardening as much as I. He does the heavy lifting and much of the hardscaping.
Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9) produces large purple flowers over a very long season and is a great native plant.
The patio joining the two new greenhouses.
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