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Lea’s Garden

Gardening with every shade of green

home and garden at sunset

Today we’re in New England visiting Lea’s garden.

home and garden at sunsetA pretty magical image of a beautiful garden—it looks like Lea has combined every possible shade of green to make this perfectly lush image come together.

moss grown in rings with a container in the middleThis is Lea’s “Moss Mandala,” part of a bigger garden that she calls “The Puddle Garden,” as it fills with water for up to five months of the year. Everything planted in that area can take moist soil and survive the flooding. Lea raised this area up 8 inches, but it still gets flooded. The Moss Mandala is made up of Scotch and Irish moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ and Sagina subulata, Zones 4–8), which, despite their common name, are not true mosses but rather tiny flowering plants that mimic the look of moss to create this beautiful pattern.

garden oath with hostas on one side and large shrub on the otherA beautiful grassy walk through the garden includes stepping-stones set here and there in the turf. Sinking the stones down in the ground a little makes for easy mowing.

garden full of trees and shrubs with white hydrangea in frontA diversity of trees and shrubs, many of them conifers in different colors and forms, creates a tapestry of different shades of green as the backdrop. In front, the white blooms of a panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–9) glow against the dark greens behind them.


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  1. runfortheroses 08/12/2021

    Spectacular stuff, Lea. Love the concept of the moss garden / area that floods, and working with that. Sounds like a cool challenge

  2. Begonia155 08/12/2021

    So beautiful and peaceful looking!

  3. garden1953 08/12/2021

    It’s all stunning and very serene.

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  5. user-7631946 08/12/2021

    So lovely! From the first photo it made me think how glad I am to live in New England—such beautiful landscapes are possible! You must feel such joy in your garden!

  6. Rebeccazone7 08/12/2021

    I'm always fascinated by how people find ways to overcome challenges in their landscape. This was a great idea. I'm wondering how much maintenance it takes. Everything so calming. I love it all. Kudos.

  7. gardendevas 08/12/2021

    Simply gorgeous!!

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  9. wittyone 08/12/2021

    Oh, that first picture is just wonderful. It looks more like a well done watercolor landscape than a sharp edged photograph.

  10. coastalgardener 08/12/2021

    Positively gorgeous...and I love how you met the challenge of that boggy soil. Good job!

  11. btucker9675 08/12/2021

    Love everything about this garden and your pretty home.

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    simplesue 08/12/2021

    What a gorgeous picturesque garden! The first photo of the house looks like a vintage cottage painting- I really love it!
    I would love to know what that small tree- or large bush is right behind the white cast iron garden chair- it's outstanding!
    Your moss mandala is such a clever garden focal point!
    I love gardens that focus on the good bones of trees, bushes and foliage like your does, just accented with flowers etc.
    Such a peaceful and calming garden you have created!

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  14. foxglove12 08/12/2021

    What A beautiful garden setting. Astounding. Hope you don’t mind if I steal your moss mandala idea. Absolutely breathtaking.

  15. Maggieat11 08/13/2021

    Absolutely Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. I'd love to see more photos, please. Truely inspirational!🍃

  16. johndouglas 08/14/2021

    Wonderful garden! The variation of the flower trees, green leafy trees and other different leafy plants all the things make the garden more fabulous. Being a professional gardener, I have learned something more from your inspirational gardening tips! I like to use platform for meeting wonderful girls and women all over the world. But I will surely add more attraction like yours way. Thanks for sharing this post!

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