Today’s photos are from Brenda Addington’s Zone 7B garden in Suwanee, Georgia. She says, “I have been gardening for over 25 years, and have been influenced by my mother’s garden (she’s German) and all the European gardens I have witnessed during my travels to Europe growing up. I started this garden 6 years ago, and this is my third garden and is definitely one of my most challenging to create.
I spent the first few years digging up the beds in my backyard and filling them with nutrient-rich compost and addressing the many drainage issues. I decided to make my garden more of a “woodland/cottage” style garden to fit with our surroundings since I live in a Natural Reserve Community along the Chattahoochee River. My garden consists of over 100 roses, 50+ peonies. thousands of bulbs, hydrangeas, irises, 25 Japanese maples, and over 100 conifers. I discovered an interest in conifers after I realized many of my prized flowering plants suffered from the appetite of the deer; plus conifers add color and texture to my garden all year round.
Over the years, I have added a lot of stonework to the garden such as a stacked stone pillar arch, a fountain, stacked stone edging and stairs, a dry creek bed, and, my favorite, a stone bridge over the dry creek bed. My garden is constantly evolving as I explore new ideas and plants, color schemes, and ways of outsmarting the deer by venturing into vertical gardening with arbors, pergolas, trellises and even growing clematis up pine trees! I love color in the garden!
Container gardening is also a passion. I love finding unique containers and filling them up with colorful plant material all year round.I recently created a blog to publish more information about my garden and to connect with other gardeners at www.thegracefulgardener.com. Connecting with other gardeners makes me think “outside the box” by experimenting with new plant material and creative ideas!”
Gorgeous, Brenda! We’ll see a few more photos from Brenda’s garden tomorrow. Stay tuned!
And keep sending in your photos, folks. I can’t keep showing you private gardens without your help. In the meantime, very soon I’ll be sharing a series of photos from the gardens on the national mall in Washington, D.C. I visited there a couple of weeks ago on my way south for vacation, and I found some great stuff! If you missed the discussion of public gardens in the comments of yesterday’s post, take a look. It’s an interesting read!