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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