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Revisiting an Ohio Garden

Touring some beautiful garden spaces

pink red and purple flowers

Today’s photos come from Criss in northeastern Ohio, whose garden we have seen before (Criss’s Ohio Garden).

garden bed in front of fenceThis and the next two pictures are in the west yard. I have two separate yards to garden in; the west yard is a deep and wide space, whereas the east is long and narrow. This picture is behind the house, and the fenced-in area here has a pond in the middle of it. I have ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’, Zones 5–9) and hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 3–8) and coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 4–9), and the tall yellow flowers are cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum, Zones 4–8). If you look toward the back you can see the old outhouse that is original to the property. There are woods behind all the gardens in this west yard.

hydrangeas in front of old log cabinThe log cabin is from the 1830s and is attached to the house. We acquired it in northern North Carolina in 1995. There are lots of ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas and some daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4–9) behind it.

garden path full of pink flowersThis bed in the west yard is one of the longest beds I have, but it’s hidden, so it can’t be seen until you come right up upon it. A secret little alcove with an old stone trough with a spirea (Spirea japonica, Zones 4–8) hangs over it. The tree above is a tricolored beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’, Zones 4–7). In front are some roses (Rosa hybrid) and lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8). If you look to the far right you will see the red flowers of a Carolina allspice bush (Calycanthus floridus, Zones 4–9).

shady gardenThis is what you first see as you walk into the east yard under an arbor. There is a bench with a walkway going to it. The bushes above the bench are winterberries (Ilex verticillata, Zones 3–9), so they give the illusion of an arbor, and there is a very tall smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 4–8) to the right. The walkway is a stone circle with several grinding stones placed here and there.

garden with rustic fence and gateThis is an area I’ve been reworking. It is part of the greenhouse bed. I put in the stone circle and made the fence gate, and this year I added the fencing on the sides of it. There are a table and chairs under the arbor.

This gate opens to the back of the garage, which is an old farm building. This area is new. This has been an existing garden bed that winds all the way around the greenhouse in the front and down around the old corn crib. I wanted to change it up, so I added some stone and put in two standard dapple willows (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’, Zones 5–7), chartreuse Aralia ‘Sun King’ (Zones 3–9) chartreuse bushes, and some hydrangeas.

pink red and purple flowersThis is in the big garden by the greenhouse. It is a bishop’s hat finial that stood atop an old railroad crossing post. My brother gave this to me, and I had two stone pillars given to me, so I put this finial on one of them. It makes a really nice feature in the garden.

veggie garden with multiple raised bedsHere is part of the vegetable garden showing two 8-foot raised beds on each side of the arbor, which is made with locust tree branches. There is wattle fencing around the four outer gardens, which I put away every fall.

fenced gardenThe fenced area behind the veggie garden

garden bed with lots of evergreensI put in this triangle star design and added a topiary garden last year. I had the weeping spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’, Zones 3–7) already, so I worked around it. I will keep the new shrubs trimmed as topiaries.

garden path leading to fenced in areaThis is the middle of my west yard, a garden area I installed in 2006. The round cobblestone circle leads to a fenced area. Outside the fence are Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9), and there is a long winding garden to the left of the fence. I bring the two pots of rosemary on each side of the gate in the house every winter. Inside the fence is a small pond and lots of herbs.


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  1. Begonia155 08/18/2021

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! You have done beautiful work!

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    simplesue 08/18/2021

    There are so many interesting things to look at in your garden- I'm just loving it.
    I'm so impressed with all the work you have done.
    If I had the land & lots of sun I'd want my vegetable garden to look exactly like your photo "showing two 8-foot raised beds"- perfection- beauty and function.
    I really admire all the handmade twig/stick gates, arbors etc. they add an old world charm!
    I really envy your "bishop’s hat finial" combined with the pillar it's so unique and a makes a great garden sculpture.
    I just love your garden!

  3. sheila_schultz 08/18/2021

    Charming, creative, comfortable and lovely are the words that come to my mind when looking at the layers of interest in your gardens, Chriss. They make me really want to meet you!

    1. criss_51__flower 08/18/2021

      Hi Sheila
      Thanks for your kind words !
      If you happen to live in Ohio or close by
      Come visit !
      Have a great day!

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    treasuresmom 08/18/2021

    Absolutely lovely!

  5. btucker9675 08/18/2021

    Yours is a magical garden, charming in every way! You've managed to make it appear that it's existed there forever.

  6. Maggieat11 08/21/2021

    I LOVE your gardens, garden art, hardscaping! Have you done tours? Wish I lived close enough to come visit. Just wonderful! Thanks for sharing.🍃

  7. Mashabear21 08/25/2021

    Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors. Cheers from | Tacoma Decking

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