We’re spending the next three days in Tim Vojt’s garden in Columbus, Ohio. He’s got lots of good stuff to show us! We’ll start with his driveway gravel garden. Tim says, “I’ve been slowly creating gardens on our small suburban lot in Columbus, Ohio (USDA Hardiness Zone 6) since 1997, around our 100 year-old, four-square home. There are challenges and surprises that shaped and continue to shape the gardens, but finding plants and creative solutions are part of the fun.
This first set of photos is of my backyard, full-sun gravel garden, between a perennial bed and our our off-street-parking gravel pad. At some point in the history of the house, the gravel parking area (about 9 inches deep) that extended all the way to the house was covered with about 6 inches of dirt. The perennial garden was created by digging out the gravel and replacing it with soil. I left a circular area of turf as a visual relief, but it was always a dry, weedy mess. I decided to take advantage of the great drainage of the dirty gravel and see what would grow. Now penstemons, cold hardy agaves, creeping thyme, sedum, dianthus, and muhlenbeckia thrive in the dry heat!”
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