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Chuck’s Pennsylvania Garden

Three-quarters of an acre of garden paradise

Today we’re visiting with Chuck Flower.

I wanted to share pictures of my gardens, which I refer to as Highland Manor. I live on 3/4 of an acre just outside of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and have been gardening here for over 11 years. I have a total of 10 water features, a garden room, and a large vegetable garden in addition to the various garden rooms.

tall grasses and other perennials largely screen out views of the rest of the garden, only hinting at the rest of the garden to exploreThis garden is packed with plants and features. In this picture, tall grasses and other perennials largely screen out views of the rest of the garden, only hinting at the other places to explore.

exotic plants in containersNative perennials form the backbone here, with accents from more exotic plants in containers, like the huge banana (Enseteventricosum, Zones 10–11) with bold, red-tinted foliage.

A gazebo invites you to walk across the grass and sit to enjoy the garden.A gazebo invites you to walk across the grass, sit down, and enjoy the garden.

a naturalistic trickle of water between stonesHere is one of the TEN water features in the garden, a naturalistic trickle of water between stones.

view of the gazeboHere the gazebo draws the eye through the clouds of flowering perennials in front of it.

garden seatingI love great garden seating. Who wants to join me here for a morning cup of coffee or tea and look out at the garden?

A literal garden room that Chuck made out of their old shedChuck made this literal garden room out of an old shed. The ceiling is covered with antique window shutters, and a wood-burning fireplace means that this can be a relaxing space even in the wintertime.


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  1. sandyprowse 10/21/2021

    Dynamite! My kind of garden, lots happening, inviting, interesting in the extreme. Fantastic and well done!

  2. btucker9675 10/21/2021

    Love this garden - so natural and lovely. I can imagine the soothing sounds from all of the water features, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. user-7020748 10/21/2021

    lovely, mysterious garden. Looks like a wonderful place to wonder. Well done.

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    treasuresmom 10/21/2021

    Wow! It is packed for sure. Love your little shed with the fireplace.

  5. alicefleurkens 10/21/2021

    How artistic you are/

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    simplesue 10/21/2021

    Wow! Fantastic garden!
    I just want to walk around and explore it's mystery and smell the earthiness of it all.
    It's a pollinator's paradise too!
    The water feature is wonderful!
    It's all so impressive- I love it!

  7. Cenepk10 10/22/2021

    Love it all, Chuck. Made your garden a destination. That shed is too much fun !!! Fabulous

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