My name is Myrna Mahon. I live on a mountain top at approximately 4700 feet elevation in Cullowhee, North Carolina. I have been gardening for about 20 years but only one year full-time at this location. This year I had four goals: (1) Make the garden feel enclosed; (2) create a formal entry; (3) have a balance between tall, medium, and short plants; and (4) add interest through garden art.
An overview of the garden up the hill with a shady seating area at the top.
A cast-iron gate is the formal entry to the garden. View our guide to creating an engaging entryway to your garden.
Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens, Zones 6–9) climbing the stair railing to the front porch.
On the right side of the garden, shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–8), tickseed (Coreopsis sp.), yarrow (Achillea sp.), oriental lilies (Lilium, oriental group) and native Turk’s cap lilies (Lilium sp.) put on a show.
These annual impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual) were planted between two logs left when the land was cleared. “Plate flowers” enhance the back.
A stone path leads the way to a new potting shed. ‘Endless Summer’ blue hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’, Zones 5–9) grow in front.
Garden art rabbits among the foxgloves (Digitalis sp.).
Since this area is God’s country, we created a prayer garden with Jesus the Good Shepherd watching over shade-loving perennials.
Decorative metal chickens add whimsy among the native ferns and lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis, Zones 3–8).
Nature’s garden, the mountain view from the porch.
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