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READER PHOTOS! Sally’s garden in Maryland

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker

Today’s photos are from Sally Barker in Maryland. Sally says, “When my sons left home about 15 years ago I decided  the backyard skateboard ramp needed to go and I began tackling vines and weeds and invasives on our one-acre suburban Baltimore lot.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker

“Hauling hundreds of wheelbarrows of compost/soil and mulch, and designing along the way, I began creating deep and gently curved beds with layers of trees , shrubs and perennials. A stone patio was installed in 2002 allowing additional plantings.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker

“My goal has been to create a tapestry of shades of green and chartreuse and silver with beautiful and varied foliage. Flowering roses and hydrangeas and perennials are just the frosting on the cake!”

Wow, Sally. Just….wow. Pure gorgeousness. What a great way to start the week!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sally Barker

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  1. BerkeleyBubbe 04/16/2012

    What absolutely lovely lushness! I would love to know the name of the green creeping groundcover with tiny yellow flowers between the pavers and flanked by hostas.

  2. greenthumblonde 04/16/2012

    Berkeley, that looks like sedum acre, golden carpet, but the owner of that sensational garden could probably say for sure. If so, it's a great ground ground cover for sunny areas. Once it's established around the stones it will cover them soon enough so be prepared to cut I with a pair of scissors and lay it anywhere you want to hid mulch in the sun. That ground cover gets more comments than any other plant in my garden.

    What a fantastic retreat that is.

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    meander_michaele 04/16/2012

    Sally, your garden is pure enchantment and looks like the wording on any invitation it issued would be, 'welcome and come get lost amongst my beauty'. I love the generous proportion of your patio. What a glorious vantage point that provides to soak in all those lovely curving bed lines.Your tapestry is a triumph!

  4. Holly_in_NC 04/16/2012

    I love this garden! I would love to see this in the magazine with a write up of any of her secrets for design. What she's found that works and what doesn't. What an incredible oasis. Sally has done an incredible job.

  5. tractor1 04/16/2012

    Exquisite attention to detail, Sally Barker is the Michelangelo of gardeners.

  6. Wife_Mother_Gardener 04/16/2012

    Beautiful Sally! Wonderful borders with color and interest. Thanks for sharing!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/16/2012

    Stunning. I'd never want to go inside. Your foliage-focus is very successful. I bet that the garden looks amazing all year round.

  9. pattyspencer 04/16/2012

    I believe this would be my vision of a perfect garden! Beautiful!!!!!

  10. user-1120097 04/16/2012

    Hello Sally,
    We are from Brazil. My wife and me had a wonderful time just watching and comenting your photos. What a great work you have done! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. summersbreezes 04/16/2012

    So lush and green looking -- the many shades of green, blue, chartreuse give such interesting depth to your garden. What a wonderful oasis to spend time in.

  12. annek 04/16/2012

    Wow. Your color combinations, attention to detail, placement, layering, and overall design is truly well engineered. You've managed to incorporate all the rules of gardening in an ordered yet natural way. Very impressive palette.

  13. sheilaschultz 04/16/2012

    Sally, your garden is perfection... You are such a talented designer. What a way to start the week! (Glad you're back Meander1.)

  14. snollygaster 04/16/2012

    I agree, Michelle, a perfect way to start the week. Beautiful!

  15. mauritian_host 04/16/2012

    hi sally, your garden is absolutely beautiful... Just perfect, you are the queen of gardeners.. keep it up

  16. coneflowergirl 04/16/2012

    I am proud to say that I have seen this lovely garden in person. It won the "Best Large Garden" award in the Baltimore Sunpaper's contest in 2011. Sally is a gardening marvel and a great resource for her friends and neighbors.

  17. JoInAnnAbor 04/16/2012

    Sally, This is an absolutely beautiful garden in every way. I would love to read about any detail you would give on designing and beginning a garden. What you have found that works and how you went about choosing what went where.

  18. sumhillgardener 04/16/2012

    The name of the creeping groundcover is Lysimachia minutissima which is a fabulous "stepper" plant. Prefers some shade, but I do have it in sun also. Never needs any cutting back. Thanks, Sally

  19. jagardener 04/17/2012

    Beautiful! I am green with envy.

  20. cphol 04/17/2012

    This gorgeous garden should be featured in Fine Gardening magazine! The combination of foliage and accent colors is amazing! Perfection....

  21. AllThingsBeautiful 04/17/2012

    I have had the privilege to see this beautiful garden. It is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. It beckons you to come in and entices you go follow along the graceful beds. Sally is a master and perfectionist of layering, textures, and color. Everything is placed with perfection. Fine Gardening should consider having this garden in print.

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