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Eric and Christopher’s Garden

Roses, hydrangeas, and more

garden border with purple flowers and blue conifer

Today’s photos are from Eric and Christopher Feml-Nelsen.

We are located in the Capitol Region of New York State, in a suburb of Albany called Halfmoon. We garden in Zone 5b. Our summers can be very hot and VERY humid, but our winters can also be extremely cold.

We have been gardening since 2018. We built a new home in a subdivision and were given the opportunity to start our garden from scratch. We have a flat, sandy lot with full sun. Everything in our garden has been planted within the last four years, most of it in the last two or three.

We are very proud of the transformation we have made to our yard. We are also proud that we are both self-taught gardeners. Throughout the last four years we have had plenty of failures. Most of them involved overwatering plants and killing them. At one point we were certain that the sad, wilted butterfly bush just needed MORE water to thrive. Boy, were we wrong!

We look forward to seeing our garden mature. There will most likely be a need to move some things as they get bigger than anticipated, or spacing becomes an issue. We will be ready to tackle it when that day comes.

row of light green hydrangeasOur ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–8) hedge is made up of fifteen shrubs in total.

close up of lots of light pink Gomphrena flowersThis gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa, annual) was grown from seed this year.

grouping of containers with green foliage and white and yellow flowersHere are some of our containers on the back terrace. The hydrangea in front was just a cutting from the hedge.

small perennials and shrubs in front of conifersWe love evergreens. The ‘Vanderwolf’ pine (Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’, Zones 3–7) and weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’, Zones 2–8) are two of our favorites.

black metal garden arch in front of a small garden bedThis arch is the entrance to our garden. We recently planted two ‘Generous Gardener’ roses on it.

lots of pink and purple flowers in the gardenColors and textures are our main focus when designing and deciding placement.

close up of white roses‘Vanessa Bell’ is one of our favorite roses.

garden border with purple flowers and blue coniferHere’s a look at our eastern border.

If you want to see more of Eric and Christopher’s garden, check out their instagram: @growforme5b


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  1. sagebird52 12/13/2022

    Beautiful and imaginative. The rose photo is absolutely gorgeous!!

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    user-7007816 12/13/2022

    A beautiful garden. Love the variety plants that you have selected.

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    simplesue 12/13/2022

    Your garden is gorgeous and it's only been established for 4 years- it is indeed an amazing transformation!
    I really respect that you guys are both self taught gardeners.
    I love the colors and textures in the eastern border, and I have "arch envy" for that fabulous Gothic arch, a great design element in that spot of your garden!
    Very impressive what you guys have done. I'd follow you on instagram, but I'm not on it.

  4. btucker9675 12/13/2022

    Fabulous garden!! Had to laugh at the watering of the butterfly bush lesson... We've all done things like that at some point in our gardening "careers"! Kudos on your artistic eye for designing this lovely space.

  5. jos29803 12/13/2022

    Bravo Eric and Christopher. Amazing job and its beautiful. Happy gardening in 2023!

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    vanhatalosuomi 12/18/2022

    Great job guys!
    Your efforts are truly paying beauty dividends!! Wonderful to see others embrace conifers in their garden spaces :)
    Happy hols from Finland!

  7. nyshade 12/27/2022

    Beautiful garden design! I’m not too far from you! I’m in Old Chatham NY! Same climate… will check out your IG! I’m under guiding_green_thumbs on IG. Do you ever open your garden up to tours? Would love to visit!

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