We are Bill and Grace Wald. Our home and gardens are located along the banks of the Sheyenne River in Harwood, North Dakota. We are in Zone 4. Our property is protected from river floods with a permanent dike/levy and has a drainage ditch running through it. Because of the various elevations, we have made many terraces with natural fieldstone in order to minimize erosion. We have many mature native river-bottom trees consisting of mostly ash, boxelder, and oak. With all of the shade these trees provide, we primarily have shade-loving plants and ground covers. We have over thirty varieties and several hundred hostas. We do however, have a couple of sun spots with sun-loving perennials. The following photos were taken over a two-to-three-month period.
Early spring showing some of the rock wall terracing.
This is our patio, which at one time was our basketball court, sandbox, and firepit. The concrete was poured in 4-foot squares with boards between. The boards rotted, and we are planting Irish moss (Sagina subulata, Zones 4–8).
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ (Zones 3–8)
A river bed (dry) in a drainage ditch and a stairway leading to the patio. The garden is planted with a variety of hostas, penstemon, and ground covers.
Hostas, with Hosta montana ‘Aureomarginata’ (Zones 4–8) in the center.
Side yard with snow on the mountain (Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegata’, Zones 4–9), sedums, lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis, Zones 3–8) and hostas.
Hostas line the pathway to the terraced dike wall, with a variety of ferns.
The front-yard sunshine garden includes Karl Foerster grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora, Zones 4–8), bluestem, roses, delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–8), Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 4–9).
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