Today Lynn Rouse is sharing photos of her miniaturized garden. Many gardeners worry about not being able to maintain expansive gardens as they get older, but Lynn shows that you can keep all the elements of your garden if you just make them smaller and easier to care for.
My husband and I moved from a corner suburban property to a townhouse in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As seniors, we appreciate this new condensed lifestyle. The garden consists of all the elements of the garden at our former home, such as comfortable seating, a fountain, veggies, a bird-friendly habitat, and plant material for creative floral designs that we prepare for show at our Optimistic Gardeners Club.
Mourning doves are occasional residents.
Bluebirds have several broods each year.
We have room for tomatoes in a large pot.
This is one of our finished looks. We rotate furniture and accessories each season for variety.
Another look. We have seating for seven people.
The alcove includes a fountain, silver lace vine (Fallopia baldschuanica, Zones 4–7), and coleus. A hanging basket full of annuals brings more color.
A note of whimsy in our alcove “destination.”
The bare area as it looked with the new fence and pine straw mulch.
The alcove at first.
The covered patio between the garage and the kitchen. It provides shelter and creates a breeze.
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