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John’s almost-all-native garden in New Jersey, revisited

Today’s photos are from John Markowski in New Jersey. We’ve visited John thrice before (HERE, HERE, and HERE), and now he’s back with an update on this season in his garden.

He says, “This has been a fantastic summer to date here in New Jersey with plenty of rain, very few hot and humid days, and, knock on wood, little damage from the deer and rabbits. While I haven’t committed to planting solely native plants, they do make up the majority of my landscape and they are all thriving with plenty of critter activity. Good times indeed!”

It keeps getting better and better, John. Thanks for giving us an update! ***2 things: 1. John has an awesome blog with an even awesomer name, An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener. Check it out HERE. 2. John interviewed me a couple of months ago for his podcast, and I had a great time talking to him! You can listen to us chat HERE.

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  1. NCYarden 08/21/2014

    Awesome use of predominantly natives. I can't blame you for straying a little, as there really are some fantastic plants out there we often feel "we just gotta have." Looking at your garden, I bet a good breeze creates some fantastic movement through many of those plants considering their form and height. It probably really looks alive, in a kinda figurative way, if you will. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/21/2014

    Looks awesome, John. I especially love the milkweed. I've seen more monarchs this year than ever, although still scarce. Seems like all of us northeast of the Mississipi have had a great gardening summer. Thanks for the garden update.

  3. wittyone 08/21/2014

    Beautiful job. More and more it seems to me that native plants are the way to go. There are so many gorgeous ones out there and there's much less fussing around keeping them happy and that in turn makes for a happy gardener.

  4. luvgardening24 08/21/2014

    I love the way you incorporated perennials in with the native garden, especially seeing the numerous milkweed. The butterflies are probably having a party. I have been an avid perennial gardener, and am starting to incorporate native plants, since we are destroying so much of the land with roads and building, our poor butterflies, bees, lightening bugs are feeling the impact.

  5. thevioletfern 08/21/2014

    Oh I LOVE! A true, wild, living, thriving garden. Inspiring!

  6. GrannyCC 08/21/2014

    I too love your wild thriving garden, It feels very natural and not contrived which is my style too. I wish I could enlarge the pictures as we used to be able to do. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Also I have 3 blue boxes on the left that cover up the writing. They say FB, P and G+. Very annoying.

    1. Meelianthus 08/21/2014

      I too find those boxes most annoying GrannyCC. What's the deal anyway!? Does anyone know.

    2. plantluvr 08/28/2014

      The annoying boxes represent "Facebook," "Pinterest" and "Google plus" which, if you click on one of those, allows you to share the article with your friends, etc. However, I agree they are covering up words on the page and the webmaster needs to fix that!

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    meander_michaele 08/21/2014

    It's always such a treat to revisit a garden like yours, John. It has such a relaxed and welcoming ambiance (to humans and critters of all kinds). Your plant combinations all look so comfortable with each other and I like how things just seem to weave seamlessly.

    1. perenniallycrazy 08/21/2014

      Seamless was the word that came to my mind immediately with John's garden, as with graceful and natural. =) Love your garden style and your photography John.

  8. sheila_schultz 08/21/2014

    Lush, lovely and wild! Natives rock ;)

  9. Meelianthus 08/21/2014

    Hello John in New Jersey ~ I so enjoyed your wonderful gardens. Such a great variety of plants all looking lush and very healthy. It has been a wonderful gardening season in so many states and your gardens certainly reflect that. The Monarda are beautiful and I clicked back to refresh on your past gardens and all of your grasses are so stunning. I really enjoyed your interview with Michelle and her back-story. Thanks for sharing all.

  10. CTpat 08/21/2014

    Is your garden certified as a wildlife habitat, John? I've thought about it, but really have no idea if my garden would fit the bill. Yours certainly seems to--and looks great in the process!

    I will add my voice to the chorus of annoyance about the boxes that hang over the words. If they must be on the page, why not have them be by the photos--they don't hang over them. Or even better, just let people go to the same things at the top of the page.

  11. terieLR 08/21/2014

    Hi John and Michelle. I am listening to your enjoyable chat as I type. Thank you for that treat! John, I remember well your posts from the past. So nice to revisit them. Your graceful grasses are stunning in all seasons. And to think that they may now protect your vegetables? Genius indeed. The photography captures your gardens wonderfully. Well done! Now ~ off to your obsessive, neurotic blog.

    1. terieLR 08/21/2014

      Love that Michelle Gervais claims to be a shabby-sheik gardener. :)
      Listen to the chat gardeners.

  12. davsav 08/24/2014

    Wonderful pictures! I'm in MD and working hard each year to plant more and more native plants. It's fun and seems to be less maintenance, deer damage and more pollinators.

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