Today’s GPOD contributor may be busy but still manages to have a very beautiful garden anyway.
I have a catering business that is very busy during the summer season, so I have to accept that nature has the upper hand and I am a minor player in the overall scheme of things. Two acres in Massachusetts is a lot with half a day a week to keep Mother Nature just a wee bit under control. So mostly I try to let her have her way, with a small part of my yard that I try to control.
This sure doesn’t look like the garden of someone with no time to maintain it! A row of dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’ Zones 3–7) makes a nice solid backdrop for this bed. Remember that this popular compact conifer sometimes reverts to a much larger growing form, so be sure to prune out any large, looser-needled branches that spring out of the plant.
A beautiful gravel walkway, lined with a rich diversity of plants. I see a mix of ornamental and edible things in this shot, such as kale in the foreground and basil to the right. Mixing beautiful and edible plants together is a great way to make the most of a garden space and is, of course, fitting for a professional caterer.
Another view of the walk up to this door. The dense planting is a great strategy for someone without a lot of time to garden. Cover every inch with plants and there won’t be room for the weeds to grow.
Letting nature have its way is also beautiful. This stand of wildflowers is dominated by common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, Zones 4–9), a plant that not only is great food for monarch butterflies but that also has beautiful flowers and big, dramatic-looking foliage. Just remember that this species spreads very aggressively, so it is best in a wild portion of the garden, like this.
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