Today’s photos are from Phillip Oliver in Florence, Alabama. Phillip says, “We moved into our house in 1992 and the property was pretty much a blank slate. There were some old fruit trees and a few nice dogwoods but otherwise it was all grass and took forever to mow. I had already been bitten by the gardening bug when we lived in a small apartment with a postage stamp sized garden. We set out immediately, not really knowing that much but learning as we went along.
“We made the mistake of trying to do everything at once. If I could start over today, there would be several things I would do differently. I wanted antique roses and at the time, there was a lot of sunshine since there were no mature trees. Now, almost 20 years later, the trees are mature and we have more shade than sun. This has affected the roses and perennials but I can’t bring myself to cut down a perfectly healthy tree. We also have a large collection of hydrangeas and camellias. My problem is that I love everything and can’t resist a new plant. I’ve just crammed everything together and I’m always moving things around to make space for new plants.
These photos are from the garden wall area. I built this wall five years ago from cement blocks and stucco. The plants in the foreground include Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8), Japanese roof iris (Iris tectorum, Zones 5-9), ‘Snowflake’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, Zones 5-9), and the rose ‘Mrs. B.R. Cant’ (Zones 5-9).”
That wall is so great, Phillip! Thanks so much for sending these photos in.
We’ll feature another part of Phillip’s garden tomorrow, and if we ask nicely, maybe he’ll send in even more photos? In the meantime, Phillip has a website and a blog! But don’t ruin your appetite for tomorrow’s photos…
Just one more thing….Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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