When we first bought our house in 2000, I was pregnant. The previous owner had no interest in the garden. Since there was almost nothing planted, I just threw a few perennials in to fill space. As I spent the first winter inside caring for my baby and looking out the windows, I realized that I was staring at soil in most places and found it pretty depressing. I wanted a more permanent garden that wouldn’t totally disappear in the winter months.Don’t always relegate the tall guys to the back.
I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a lush, year-round garden. So I guess it’s no surprise that as an adult I wanted a similarly abundant landscape—but one that was lower maintenance. To fulfill that wish, I relied heavily on conifers. Once I had one cultivar, though, I wanted them all. This is difficult to do…
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