Today we’re visiting with Judith.
After 25 years of living in my home in Pines Lake, a lake community in Wayne, New Jersey, my garden is still a work in progress with constant challenges.
I have a tiered property, and the upper woodland area area was once filled with hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis, Zones 3–7), but the woolly adelgid decimated this area. I now have the area covered in moss with azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 5–9), mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum, Zones 3–8), and Hosta.
Within the last few years, the deer have brought another challenge. My hostas and other deer delicacies in the front yard were being obliterated. Slowly I have transplanted deer candy (assorted varieties of hosta) to a fenced-in backyard and replaced them with hellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 4–9), yucca (Yucca filamentosa, Zones 4–10), ‘Everillo’ sedge (Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’, Zones 5–9), Coreopsis, and Chinese fringe flowers (Loropetalum chinense, Zones 7–10).
The hillside in my backyard was the ideal place for a waterfall, which I added three years ago. I surrounded it with azaleas, Astilbe, hostas, ‘Everillo’ sedges, Heuchera, turtleheads (Chelone obliqua, Zones 5–9), Hydrangea, and even jack-in-the-pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum). I added lights in the waterfall for nighttime enjoyment.
Hillside with Hakone grass, hostas, azaleas, and a dry river bed
This hillside includes birdhouses, azaleas, and hostas. I put in two railroad-tie paths to get to the woodland area.
This is the “woodland” area, with hostas, ferns, and a rose bush. Moss has naturally covered, the area which I welcomed.
I removed the grass from the sides of the house and made a flagstone path. I put a corner garden near the deck with heuchera, a sedum, and annual begonias. I had to add the gate and fence because deer would walk up the path and into my back gardens!
At this waterfall—which is lined with sedge, azaleas, heucheras, hostas, and. Japanese iris (Iris ensata, Zones 5–9)—I often see cardinals bathing in the afternoon.
At night, the hillside in spring and autumn looks magical, with blooming azaleas and Carex in spring and bursts of color in fall.
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