Today’s photos are from Mary McDermott. She says, “Here is one of my many gardens in Mays Landing, New Jersey (South Jersey). This is the back yard garden, “The Swoop.” The photo was taken two weeks ago.
The Swoop was begun in April, 2012, and 95% of the original plants I propagated from cuttings or divisions. There’s a repeating pattern of perennials throughout the 200-foot long garden, supplemented with annuals as the whim strikes me. When we moved to this house in the spring of 2011, the back yard was a blank slate – a bare rectangle of lawn. The Swoop blooms from the earliest daffodils through mums and asters in the fall, and is the most delightful and whimsical garden I’ve ever had.
In July, my yard was featured in a local garden club tour, and The Swoop was the centerpiece – in one photo you’ll see a local artist working plein air capturing the curves of The Swoop.”
So, so awesome, Mary! This garden is so much FUN! You must show us more areas of your garden. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
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You are a true visionary, Mary...your Swoop concept is an awesome big deal! I tend to be an incremental type gardener with one thing evolving out of another if you know what I mean. However, to take that blank slate of flat lawn and plan and execute so boldly...well...WOW...just WOW! It's thrilling and delightful...sincerest congrats.
Thanks so much -- that is very sweet!
What a great way to take a plain space and create beauty.
How fun is that?!
Sweet. A very unique approach to a garden installation. And sooooooooooo much better than that blank dull lawn. Great job.
Anything is better than just lawn. Thanks!!
I just love this design, genius !
this is one of the most amazing transformations I have seen...ingenious!
Wow, talk about thinking outside the box! Such a perfect inside shape for the outside shape of your lot.
Its a great design, Mary for having a tall house looking down on your yard! It sure is fun!
Beautiful! It's so nice when someone just goes and has fun with a garden in a way that's unexpected.
All it took was a crazy idea... and the Swoop was born! Very cool!
We like crazy. And whimsy.
You know it works when it brings a huge smile to your face! Well done!
Glad to hear it brought a smile. Does for me, too, every day.
I'm digging the swoop !!!! Clever and a great multi-solution for division of the property and creates automatic paths... I Love It
Gorgeous! I couldn't agree more with the rest of the group's comments. Original, creative and very beautiful.
Thanks a lot!
What a wonderful garden!
Your creativity is wonderful Mary. So many beautiful plantings and what fun to select them all and watch your "swoop" develop into something so grand.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm sure it will keep developing each year, which will be fun to see.
Yay for twirls and swoops! Easy on the eye... and mower. One of your many gardens? Please share some more of your genius!
I just loved the pictures of before and after!
Thanks! Even I was surprised by the before picture. I didn't remember it being quite that stark, but sure enough...
I love it!!!!!!
Very creative Mary. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden.
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