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Carol’s 4-year-old garden in Pennsylvania

Today's photos are from Carol Lee Daniel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Carol says, "This is my 4th year here. The garden started from scratch but I had a wonderful landscape architect design the hardscape and some of the grading while the house was being built. I love building new houses, gardening, and standard poodles. The perennial beds have expanded each year because there are so many great plants, and areas of bark are being planted with ground overs, relocated shrubs, and yet more perennials. All the shrubs and the 43 trees were planted at the start. My terrific landscaper knew trees I particularly like and what our deer usually don't eat. I have trees in bloom from spring until August." Beautiful, Carol. What a great idea to get the help of an architect and a landscaper when you're starting a garden from complete scratch. If nothing else, it gets you to the fun stuff just a little bit quicker! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  1. NCYarden 12/12/2014

    Very pleasant. Your peonies are beautiful. Only 4 years in? - you're in for an enjoyable addiction. Enjoy. Looking forward to future photos of the progress. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/12/2014

    Those peonies hooked me and sent my mind right to spring. Love them and couldn't be without them in the garden. That is great hardscaping and the garden is really filling in fast. Great job.

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    meander_michaele 12/12/2014

    I love the gracious dimensions of your stone patio and how handsome and substantial the shade providing arbor/pergola is...looks like you were well served by the contributions of your landscape architect. It's so helpful to have those kind of permanent elements to work off of and then let the fun begin of choosing plants and smaller ornamental elements. And you were so wise to commit to so many trees right at the start...after 4 years, they are starting to show their stuff. What are some of the ones you are most happy to have?

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  5. GrannyMay 12/12/2014

    Lovely to have morning coffee with some of my favourite perennials! To get all the trees, shrubs and hardscaping in place early must have required an awful lot of planning and decisions. It sounds like you have done this before, to know your favourites and have the confidence to commit to a plan on paper. Thank you for sharing, Carol.

  6. BlueRidgeNative7 12/12/2014

    Is there any way for the photographer (or garden owner) to tag the plants so they can be identified? I've seen so many beautiful flowers whose names I don't know, but would like to have for my own garden!

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  8. annek 12/12/2014

    The pathway through the sweet flower beds leading to the statuary has my heart. I want to walk down that path! Great job, Carol. I can hardly wait to see the garden in the next few years. Keep sending photos!

  9. sheila_schultz 12/12/2014

    Beautiful, Carol. How wonderful to find a landscape architect that understood your vision and likes/dislikes. From the photos, it looks like the two of you made a pretty good team!

  10. GrannyCC 12/12/2014

    Lovely full beds they obviously have good soil. The hardscaping is wonderful and your brick house looks very interesting too. How nice to have an architect that understood your vision.

  11. schatzi 12/12/2014

    The peonies are gorgeous! I like the stonework and the arbor too. Nicely done. It looks like it's more than 4 years old with the trees and shrubs.

  12. maxinemitchell 12/12/2014

    Love your combinations, Carol! Looks like you'll have lovely hydrangeas after the peonies fade, too. They look like they're doing well in pots. The hardscape looks great! Nice job!

  13. Clarkpark 12/12/2014

    Carol, you had a wonderful vision for your garden! It looks like you have good four season variety of plant material. Congratulations from WA

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