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From Play Yard to Shaded Oasis

Today Susan Amadio is sharing her Wilmington, Delaware, garden with us.

My garden has evolved over the past 40+ years from a sunny play yard for kids to a shaded oasis. I consider the style organized chaos.

More and more native plants are added each season. I find serpentine beds the most pleasing and love tucking artwork in surprising places.

It’s hard to imagine that this was a sunny yard for kids to play in 40 years ago. It’s now a lush jungle of horticultural beauty! The complex plantings and winding paths hide a lot of surprises and make this space feel large and worth exploring.

There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the shaded oasis. The large shade trees help make this a comfortable place to relax even in the heat of the summer.

This serpentine bed follows a winding path, and garden art hidden among the plants encourages visitors to slow down and explore each detail of this richly planted garden.

Containers of hardy succulent sedums and hens-and-chicks (Sempervivium sp.) are grouped among the perennials in the ground. Small containers like these, sometimes called troughs, are a great place to grow hardy succulents because it is easy to make sure they get the perfect drainage they need to thrive even if the rest of the garden has heavy soil.


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    simplesue 06/18/2019

    I want to walk down that meandering grassy path and explore all the interesting plants along the way. Love the seating area by the house with the view of the garden. You sure have done a lot of good work over the past 40 years and it's all paid off with this well planned and well established garden! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your garden photos!

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    treasuresmom 06/18/2019

    Wow! Amazing!

  3. Cenepk10 06/18/2019

    Yep... This is the end result we all strive for... stunning !!!!!

  4. cheryl_c 06/18/2019

    Your pictures just invite us in to your shady retreat - I can taste the sweet tea you would be offering. Masterful job! Thank you for sharing.

  5. hummerlu 06/18/2019

    I love "organized chaos"! I feel that would describe my gardening style as well. Love it

  6. btucker9675 06/18/2019

    Lovely garden!

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    meander_michaele 06/18/2019

    You have definitely created thoroughly captivating garden pathways and beds. I love how you have your sedum succulents trough containers at different heights. It really gives them a chance to shine. Thanks for sharing.

  8. marcellamathews 06/18/2019

    You should be very proud. What a great job. I love a garden with a water feature. You have put so much love and thought into your creation. Well done.

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