Today’s photos are from Criss in northeastern Ohio.
I have 2½ acres with an old house and outbuildings. I have two separate yards east and west, and they are separated by a driveway. A woman that lived here in the 1940s loved to garden, so I have many plants that she put in that are still thriving, including some old roses.
I do a lot of hardscaping. I love stone and old brick and have fenced-in gardens. I’m addicted to gardening. I eat sleep and breathe it.
Mossed bricks lead into a patch of lawn surrounded by a diverse collection of shrubs, which create a beautifully private space.
The doors on this little greenhouse are flanked by two dwarf spruce standards (perhaps Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’, Zones 3–7). Silvery lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8) in the front, and cheery black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–8) and coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 5–9) are flowering around the greenhouse.
Criss’s rescue dog, Lakota, enjoys the flowery bounty of the garden. That’s one lucky dog!
In the shade, a statue sits behind a tapestry of color created mostly by foliage. Lamium (Lamium maculatum, Zones 4–8) with small silver leaves is studded with a hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 4–9), the silver-spotted leaves of a pulmonaria (Pulmonaria hybrid, Zones 4–9), and the silvery fronds of a Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 3–8).
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