My name is Heidi Steffes, and I’ve been gardening on six acres in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for 38 years. While I have many gardening areas, today’s photos are from our pool area that was added six years ago. My goal was to make the pool area a sort of sanctuary while also hiding (or blending in) the required fencing around the pool. Our winters are long here in Wisconsin, so I made an effort to include some conifers in the design for off-season interest. This part of the yard brings us much joy in our very short summers, even when we are not in the pool. While there are mostly shrubs and perennials in this area, I leave room in designated areas for annuals to ensure some color for the whole summer. Annuals change from year to year, which leaves room for some creativity.
Containers clustered together make a little mini garden next to the water.
This planting pocket was added to break up the large cement surround visually. Conifers provide interest right through the winter, while the Liatris spicata (Zones 3–8) blooms in the summer.
This garden angel was a gift from Heidi’s family for her fiftieth birthday and is a focal point in this garden.
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