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Gardening With Criss in Ohio

Revisiting a beautiful space

wooden bench in between two garden beds

Today we’re in northeastern Ohio visiting with Criss. We’ve visited Criss before (Criss’s Ohio Garden), and it is always a pleasure to return to this beautiful garden.

rustic garden fence made out of branches with shrubs in front and behindA planting in the east yard of the garden includes roses in front of a dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, Zones 5–7).

wooden arbor covered in a flowering vineIn the back of the east yard, an arbor is covered in orange mandarin honeysuckle (Lonicera ‘Mandarin’, Zones 4–9), a Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’ (Zones 4–8) blooms to the left of the arbor, and Weigela ‘Red Prince’ flowers in the foreground.

wooden bench in between two garden bedsToward the front of the east yard, a bench invites you to stop and enjoy, with a weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis, Zones 5–9) behind it.

stone path cutting through a densely planted gardenMoving into the west yard, this is the secret garden, with paver circles that Criss installed this summer. Tiger lilies (Lilium lancifolium, Zones 3–9) and hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) are in bloom.

large pink hydrangea in front of houseThis picture is in the west yard and was taken while standing at the green chair that was visible in the previous photo, looking toward the house.

tree stump with moss and mushroom growing on topA stumpery has a resident fairy. Criss put the fairy there, but the stump grew the tiny perfect mushroom in front of her all on its own.

fenced in garden with stone pavers and lots of shrubberyA look inside the more formal, fenced garden in the west yard

small garden bed with tiny evergreen shrubs around a stone sculptureRound topiary boxwoods (Buxus sp., Zones 5–9) contrast with the strongly vertical Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ (Zones 6–8).

small garden pond with ornamental grass planted aroundA small pond is in the fenced garden too.

black and yellow butterfly on yellow flowersFinally, a swallowtail butterfly stops by to add even more beauty to this garden.


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    treasuresmom 09/26/2022

    Really lovely.

  2. sheila_schultz 09/26/2022

    It's always fun to see your gardens, Criss. They are lush havens filled with pollinator delights and must be constantly filled during the growing season with beauties visiting and feasting!

  3. garden1953 09/26/2022

    Awesome garden! I love all the sweet personal touches along with the plants!

  4. btucker9675 09/26/2022

    Love the twig fence in front of that beautiful dappled willow. You have made an enchanting garden!

  5. [email protected] 09/26/2022

    Thanks for sharing. Lots of interesting things to notice- very nice!

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    simplesue 09/27/2022

    Oh your garden is magical!
    I love much to explore and so unique...great job making this garden!

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