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Mike and Brenda’s Ohio Garden

A year in a beautiful garden

large pedestal planter

This is the two-acre garden of Mike and Brenda Snider in central Ohio.

As we head toward our second spring of the pandemic, we are reviewing pictures of the past year and would like to share some with other gardeners. The bone structure of the garden was planted 40 years ago; however, we have become rather intense gardeners in the past 10 years. We have pictures of new garden areas as well as established gardens.

red and white tulipsTwo spruce trees were removed, making space for new plantings. The spring of 2020 was the first year of the revised garden with tulips we purchased when touring the Keukenhof Tulip Garden in Amsterdam.

pink peonyLater in the spring we have the peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) from a family farm and a few remaining irises along the flower bed by the yard barn.

The Gand Champion roseIn late June, this ‘The Grand Champion’ rose starts blooming. This plant is only one year old, and it continued to perform like this all summer.

vegetable garden in JulyThis is the revised vegetable garden in July. Changing this from a traditional garden to raised beds was a big project at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The scarecrow was made by our two grandsons.

pink magic liliesIn August there are hibiscus (Hibiscus hybrid, Zones 5–9), magic lilies (Lycoris squamigera, Zones 5–9), and white phloxes (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) with the barn, white fence, and evergreens as the backdrop.

formal garden patioA view of the formal patio in August.

autumn joy sedum borderThis is a view of a border bed between our yard and the grain field. There are Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 3–9) that line the front of the bed, with a surprise of magic lilies in August.

large pedestal planterThe large pedestal planter in the circle of the formal patio in late September.

row of trees covered in snowWe end the year with pictures of December.

pine trees covered in snow

More snowy winter December beauty.

Now we are busy planning our garden for our second spring of the pandemic and look forward to more rewarding enhancements in the garden.


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  1. PattyLouise 02/15/2021

    Beautiful! Love the boxwood garden! Great idea with the tulips & bench! Awesome scarecrow!

  2. blondie3 02/15/2021

    Love the formal garden, I have a boxwood hedge with a lilac standard in the center. Love the vegetable garden, Looks like you made good use of your time. And that Rose, Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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    vanhatalosuomi 02/15/2021

    I looked up your rose, The Grand Champion. It's a hybrid floribunda- no wonder it got so large, so fast. It's a shrub rose. Expect it to reach 4ft x 4ft :)

  4. user-5117752 02/15/2021

    Wonderful photos! Loved the bed with the Autumn Joy and grain field behind. Would have loved to see those Autumn Joy in bloom as well. And, as much as I'm over winter by now, I loved your winter shots. Thank you for taking the time to share your gardens with us all.

  5. daisy8 02/15/2021

    Beautiful Gardens! I’ll have to try the grand champion rose in my gardens.-One year old & already looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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    treasuresmom 02/15/2021

    Love those Lycoris squamigera. I have tried to grow them in the deep, deep south with no luck.

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    simplesue 02/15/2021

    Very nice garden!!!!
    I love that formal circle with the shrubs, wow!
    You really impressed me with that Grand Champion really must be good at rose pruning...something I've yet to learn how to do well!
    Snow photos are beautiful also!

  8. btucker9675 02/15/2021

    Beautiful garden throughout the year - thanks for sharing!

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    cynthia2020 02/15/2021

    Hi, Mike and Brenda. There are so many things to like about your lovely garden! Two areas really drew me in - one was the tulip and the bench area. The second area I loved was the one with the Grand Champion roses. Thank you for sharing!

  10. carolineyoungwilliams 02/22/2021

    Brenda and Mike, I am in awe of your beautiful garden. With each photo, I was amazed and couldn't wait to see the next one. Thank you so much for sharing

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