Today we’re visiting the garden of Janet Day.
We live in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
In 2001–2002 I had a health situation and lost my job. I was dealing with chronic mouth pain and needed to keep my mind and body active to keep my mind off the constant pain and to ease my anxiety from losing my job. Although I always planted annuals each summer, now that I was at home and needed to keep occupied, I used this situation to learn more about perennial plants.
I believe I actually started getting rid of grassy areas and began working on planting perennials around 2005. I took advantage of end-of-season sales to get perennials at a discount. Because of their affordable prices, I was able to begin my perennial garden adventure.
We have a pretty shady lot, which makes gardening somewhat challenging. However, through trial and error we have made it work.
These photos show some of the perennials we grow, including all sizes and colors of hostas. My name is Janet Day, and we even found a hosta that is officially named Janet Day—a really cool thing!
Growing along the path, with tiny yellow leaves, is a sweet ground cover called goldilocks, also known as creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9).
Shade-tolerant perennials grow surrounded by a thick layer of mulch to keep down weeds.
Variegated ajuga (Ajuga reptans, Zones 3–9) adds long-lasting color and interest to the garden.
In the garden we have some 6-foot Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) that I had been cultivating since they were 3-inch saplings. Whenever I notice a little sapling growing near the mother tree, I let it reach a certain point then transplant it elsewhere in the yard or put it in a pot and give it to someone. We originally purchased two Japanese maple trees, and now we have four that are about 6 feet tall and another four baby trees that are in the 2-foot-height range right now.
Foliage provides lots of color and interest in this garden.
Although it was a traumatic and very painful experience that originally cost me my livelihood, in one way it was a blessing in disguise. It gave me the time and opportunity to create the lovely gardens that grace our yard today.
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