Today we’re visiting Beth Tucker’s Waxhaw, North Carolina, garden.
We have been in this home for five years and had the pool put in three years ago. It’s taken a while to develop the borders around the perimeter of the travertine pool surround because the ground was so compacted, but everything seems to be settling in happily now. The property is just under half an acre, and I’ve been stealthily whittling away at the lawn turf by enlarging the garden beds. I wept when we left my gardens of 20 years in northern New Jersey, so seeing the gardens here coming into their own is a real treat. It gives me great joy when people out walking in the neighborhood stop to compliment our gardens and to ask questions. Seeing the results of hard work and persistence makes them curious about trying some gardening themselves. Our two miniature poodles, Parker and Pepper, enjoy posing artistically among the plants.
The Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ (Zones 5–9) on the fence by the deep end of the pool is the native U.S. species of wisteria, which is less aggressive than the Asian species and will sometimes rebloom in the summer.
One of my favorite irises (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–8) in the sunny side border
A happy little pig with catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8)
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum, Zones 3–8) in bloom. These are transplants from the woods behind us where there is an immense patch.
Sunny border at the deep end of the pool. I know the pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa, Zones 5–8) can be a weed, but it is so pretty that I just keep it controlled by pulling it out where I don’t want it. The fence along this side is planted with climbing roses, Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens, Zones 6–10), star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 7–10), and the wisteria.
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