Another Wisconsin garden! Today’s photos are from Jan Murin. She says, “I garden near Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. It is a corner lot with the neighbor’s shrubs on the north border and a line of trees to the west.
The first picture is of the front patio. A few years ago we took out the standard 4-foot-wide concrete path to the front door and replaced it with a flagstone patio. We planted wooly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus, Zones 5-9) between some of the stones and there are two benches (the second one is just off to the right). It’s semi-secluded by evergreens, panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata cvs., Zones 4-8), red-flowered ‘Stewartstonian’ azaleas (Rhododendron ‘Stewartstonian’, one of my favorite plants, Zones 5-9), and a clump of ‘Northwind’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’, Zones 5-9) and is a perfect spot for morning coffee or evening wine while chatting with the neighbors.
“The next two photos are from the back patio. The red-flowered shrubs are ‘Stewartstonian’ azaleas, and the white-flowered shrubs are fothergilla (Fothergilla sp., Zones 4-8). The south side of the patio is mostly a shade garden of hellebores and hostas.
“To the north is a small pond. We didn’t want a waterfall and the water flows from between stones at ground level. The pond is popular with the birds so we try to keep a small area open all winter.
Beyond the pond is a border garden of flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals. This area is always changing because I frequently trade plants with friends and neighbors.”
Beautiful, Jan! I especially love your pond. Thanks for sending in your photos!
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