Today we’re visiting a garden with Sharon Weiser of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Earlier this year you published photos of my current garden. These are photos of my previous garden that show some of the many pathways/gateways through the garden.
Above is a moon gate I commissioned from an Amish man in a community nearby. I enjoy the frame created by the gate. I particularly love the Japanese maple ‘Crimson Queen’ (Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Queen’, Zones 6–8) and Colorado blue spruce ‘Fat Albert’ (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’, Zone 3–9).
This picture shows a series of columns I had the same Amish man build for me that culminate in a small arbor housing the overseer of the garden, “Libby.” The arbor is covered in climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris, Zones 4–8). To make the garden appear larger than it is, I placed each set of columns closer to each other, giving the illusion of more depth. The columns are covered with a variety of climbing roses and clematis. My favorites are Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Violette’, ‘Polish Spirit’, and ‘Venosa Violacea’.
This arbor is through the side shade garden. This path winds through the garden, creating mystery beyond.
This is a reflecting pool that I built. It is only 2 feet deep but reflects the ‘New Dawn’ climbing rose and Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Flake’ (oakleaf hydrangea, Zones 5–9) close by.
This is the carriage house that I converted into a “she shed.” The doorway was not there, but I found an old door and had the entrance cut into the side of the carriage house. This more formal entrance to the garden is outlined in boxwood ‘Green Velvet’ (Buxus ‘Green Velvet’, Zones 5–8) that I have found does best in my Zone 5 garden. Rosa ‘Carefree Delight’ is seen in the bottom left corner.
A longer view of the shade garden. It is full of my favorite hostas, including ‘Liberty’, ‘June’, and ‘Spilt Milk’.
Above is the bridge over another small water garden and the entrance to the compost/potting area. Tall fragrant lilies and grasses mark this part of the garden.
Another view of the shade garden.
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