Today we’re visiting Kathy Bishop’s beautiful garden.
I live in Portland, Oregon, and my garden has evolved endlessly for the past 25 years. This started as a bare quarter-acre dirt lot in a basic suburban neighborhood. After having the original layout and design done by a professional landscaper and seeing areas that were just not working, I have redone the entire garden.
I went through the Master Gardener program about 20 years ago and am totally self-taught through research and trial and error.
My garden is a labor of love, my joy and escape. I want to convey to any aspiring gardener that they can create a garden they love; it just takes a plan, hard work, and determination and often can be done on a modest budget.
The back border transforms in the fall, with color from fall leaves, the pink blooms of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Zones 3–8), and many other perennials.
It’s cool to see the same spot a little later in the season, as the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ flower buds develop, the lobelia just keeps on blooming, and some cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual) join the scene.
This picture shows that a charming outdoor eating space can be created with a couple of card tables, a table cloth, and a couple of mismatched chairs.
This photo is at the left of the back border. It gets more shade, so I have Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9), hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9), and Corsican mint (Mentha requienii, Zones 6–9), with some impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) crowning Boswell’s head.
This section of my back border tends to get a bit more shade. Lots of hydrangeas are joined by perennials, including Coreopsis, Carex ‘Toffee Twist’ (Zones 7–10), Japanese forest grass, black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Zones 5–9), and chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata, Zones 4–10).
The walk to the adorable garden shed is complete with chalk hopscotch.
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