Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! John’s design in Virginia

TWO WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the image to enlarge in a pop-up. Click HERE to view the image in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee

Today’s photos are from John Magee in Middleburg, Virginia. Johns says, “These are photos of a garden I designed and built in Reston, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington D.C. This is a small single-family home. The homeowner has been an avid gardener since she lived near Garden in the Woods in Massachusetts.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee

“This lovely shade garden has been created over the past 15 years and each year we add a bit of ‘splendor’ to it. It has been featured on several garden tours in our area and most recently on the National Wildlife Federation’s Gardening for Wildlife Habitat Tour. The owner is the current president of the Reston Gardening club and is actively involved in helping spread the word of how much joy gardening can bring to people.” What a restful shade garden, John! Thanks to you and the homeowner for sharing it.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Magee

Want us to feature YOUR garden in the Garden Photo of the Day? CLICK HERE!
Want to see every post ever published? CLICK HERE!
Want to search the GPOD by STATE? CLICK HERE!

**Check out the GPOD Pinterest page, where you can browse all the post in categories…fun! CLICK HERE!**

View Comments


  1. User avater
    meander_michaele 09/13/2012

    Be still my heart...there's something about this kind of garden that sings a song I can't resist! I have always loved the Virginia spring as do the azaleas, ferns and hosta that are on such beautiful display in these pictures. John, your clients have been well rewarded by their successful collaboration with you throughout the years. Each plant seems to complement its surrounding neighbors and the results are captivating.

  2. User avater
    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/13/2012

    So picturesque! Beautiful layers of texture and color. Is it under-planted with woodland Spring ephemerals?

  3. sheila_schultz 09/13/2012

    Such a peaceful garden, it's quite beautiful John.

  4. jagardener 09/13/2012

    The many colors of green! Wonderful.

  5. penelopeplantlady 09/13/2012

    John, what a delight! Thank you for sharing your lovely garden. Northern Virginia is fortunate to have your artistry and soul; keep up the good work!

  6. greengrowler 09/13/2012

    John, I grew up in Northern VA - Springfield, Alexandria, Fairfax County....I knew before reading the caption this was a garden in Virginia! And, it is so serene; I can almost hear the cardinals in the trees. Color and soothing green....ahhh, Zen!

  7. MrEuphorbia 09/13/2012

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It's actually Anne's garden as she gives it the most care. If you'd like to see a few more pictures, you can go to my facebook page, look under pictures, and you'll find Anne's garden along with a few others you may enjoy. Happy gardening!!/pages/John-Magee-Landscape-Design/108365592550420

  8. cwheat000 09/13/2012

    So lush. Absolutely beautiful.

  9. Wife_Mother_Gardener 09/13/2012

    I love the second photo with the azaleas, ferns and heuchera... great combination! Wonderful job!

  10. tractor1 09/13/2012

    That's a very nice woodsy property. And I wouldn't call that house small.

    I spent the afternoon mowing my back field.

  11. renojean 09/13/2012

    Living in the high desert, I can only dream of a shade garden like yours. I really enjoyed the pictures and will now check out the ones you mentioned on Facebook. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. pattyspencer 09/14/2012

    Beautiful! Looks so natural!

  13. bsavage 09/14/2012

    Very beautiful! I would love to know all of the different plants shown here... I know the obvious ones but there is a lot of color and texture and ground cover! I am building my shade garden and I'm always looking for the best performers, especially perennials, to add. Thank you for sharing!

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest