Today we’re visiting with Kevin Kelly.
Good morning, and welcome to my garden in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b). I have posted on GPOD many times over the years (e.g., Review of 2022 in Kevin’s Garden and Late Summer in Kevin’s Garden). These photos are from my garden in April 2023. We had a dry and nearly snowless winter, followed by a warm spell, then back to cold and now wet. The plants have gotten over their confusion and are now waking up and pushing out new growth. I love to see the vibrance of the new foliage. My garden is 25 years old and is on a 1/3-acre suburban lot. I hope you enjoy the photos.
We curved the walkway to the front door when we built the house to enhance the garden view as you walked up. I love to keep this area colorful for visitors. I have let forget-me-nots (Myositis scorpioides, Zones 5–9) self-seed in this area for spring color. The dried perennial seed heads remain standing and are still attractive.
I love the emerging leaves of Hosta (Zones 3–9) before they open.
This is a small crevice garden I built last spring in the front yard. Most of the plants overwintered and include woolly thyme (Thymus serpyllum, Zones 4–8), Phlox subulata (Zones 3–9), Aubrietia (Zones 4–8), Lewisia (Zones 5–8), Saxifraga, and Sempervivum (Zones 3–8).
This is my backyard. I created a small “woodland garden” with a grouping of 5 Leyland cypress (Cupressus × leylandii, Zones 6–10). My patio is to the left. and I only had 15 feet of garden width to work with. I have used a variety of textures to create interest in this very shady area. The container provides a great focal point.
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9) intermingles with emerging leaves of Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Zones 3–8).
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ (Zones 3–8) makes a wonderful ground cover for shady gardens. I let it spread by seeding, which means that some of the new plants lose the silver foliage color, but it still looks nice.
This is my east porch border. The area gets morning sun and can grow just about anything. I have a number of conifers to screen our front porch (which is to the left). The large shrub is coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, Zones 2–7). You can see from my photos that I try to have all the ground covered, which eliminates the need to bring in mulch.
Tulips planted in the “hellstrip.” Rabbits and deer leave them alone because the area is exposed and gets a lot of foot traffic. I plant a new display every year, so once these tulips have finished blooming, I will remove them (and the bulb) and put them in the compost.
This border runs along the front sidewalk on the northeast corner of the property. I keep a Thuja (Zones 2–7) in the blue container, which adds height. Grape hyacinth makes a great partner for daffodils. This bed is filled with summer-blooming plants.
Epimediums are great for dry shade. This one is Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ (Zones 5–8). They spread slowly, and the dense rhizomes choke out weeds.
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Kevin. I love your garden. Thx for sharing.
Thanks. Enjoy the spring.
What a lovely garden, thanks for sharing. You have encouraged me to plant more tulips this fall. I am a huge fan of epimediums and have that particular one, pink champagne. My garden is a bit behind yours and you have given me a glimpse of what's to come. thanks
Thanks for the wonderful comments. I love planting 300-400 tulips in the hellstrip each year. It really lifts my spirits in the early spring. Good luck.
Excellento ! I love to see creations of any type that bring out the underestimated "value" of plants in our daily lives . They DO have therapeutic value . I'm sure many people see the merit in growing , growing and growing and I do believe that everyone that posts here experiences the benefits . Peace from the Mohawk Valley .
I so agree about the therapeutic value. When I was working full time, which was 50-60 hrs/week for me, the garden was essential for my well being. I feel so wonderful when I am out there. Happy gardening.
Every single picture you shared is gorgeous! Love the curved walk to your front door, the crevice garden, the forget-me-nots…all of it actually!!! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.
Just wonderful! I especially love the shady area and path!
Thanks. The shady area is a celebration of textures and shades of green. Very relaxing.
Beautiful as usual. Love those tulips.
Thanks. Enjoy the spring.
Thanks, Kevin. I appreciate that you add notes to your photos, giving us even more good information. Got to get my Brunnera in the ground!
My pleasure. Now that my Brunnera has seeded around, I often dig up clumps and use them in containers, then replant them in the fall.
Wonderful garden! Especially love the crevice garden - so very pretty.
Thanks. I had a lot of fun building it last year.
Hi Kevin, I've had my eye out for Epimediums for a couple of years now, but sadly the nurseries here in Finland aren't convinced there's a market for them so don't sell them. When found though by chance, they are so expensive, I just cannot commit - especially since to do our dry woodland area justice, it would require several dozen plants. Oh, well. Yours look lovely :)
What a shame you don't have access to reasonably priced plants. That said, buying a few might be worth it, and then slowly divide those over time to build up your collection.
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