Loree House shared this beautiful garden, and her key to transforming the difficult clay soil she started with:
I live in Ozark, Mo., and have been here working diligently in this garden for 18½ years. Lots of clay and rocks is what I started with, but with lots of grit and hard work I am happy with the ever-improving soil. All things start with good soil. Surely even life!
I really think the key for my garden soil is adding the 2-to-3-inch layer of mulch each spring and occasionally a 2-to-3-inch layer of compost that had coffee grounds. As the mulch and compost have broken down, my soil has improved, but it has taken a long time. With a limited budget, I was only able to do the compost occasionally. The soil probably would have improved quicker if my budget would have allowed the compost each year, which I was able to buy from a local landscape provider. The look of my garden tends to change over the years as things get too big or don’t do well. I also like to try new plants for new looks, so each year brings new surprises and new challenges.
Late spring in the garden is a lush tapestry of color!
Peach-colored Asiatic lilies (Lilium Asiatic group, Zones 4–9) with pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa, Zones 4–9).
A key feature in every garden: a place to sit and enjoy the beauty.
Brilliant red Asiatic lilies bring color and drama.
This was my mom’s prayer for her plants, and they were always amazing! So my husband had this rock made for me, and it has now become the prayer of my garden also. My sister also named her greenhouse IJNG Greenhouse (In Jesus Name Grow), and she tells all her customers to make sure they pray the same.
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