Today’s garden photos come from Tanya Forbes of Lee’s Summit, Mo. She wrote:
We bought this lot in 1991, the year my husband retired. It was April. Between the Bedford lime formations and a row of redbuds in full bloom, we were sold immediately. We moved in August, and I struggled for three years with the garden, but nothing seemed to work. We had dark shade. Finally I copied some gardens with dark shade and got started. My garden is one step below the retaining wall. We had to put a bridge the first year to connect the rocks. A deck connects to another rock, then the steps go down to a lower level. We built a rock wall on the back side of one rock and filled in with soil so that I would have four flower beds on the main level. The lower level is still a work in progress. We put in a new walkway last year, and I created a room down there. We have two other bridges that need to be replaced this year.
I grow hosta on top of all the rocks, and I spend a fortune on Liquid Fence, which I spray every night to keep the deer away. There is a ravine behind us with lots of woods and lots of deer who love hostas! I have two cobalt blue bottle trees, and all my pots and my fountain are cobalt blue, with a few yellow.
Dramatic limestone formations were a selling point for this garden! Now steps lead down through the stone to the lower level.
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) fills a small water feature with floating leaves and beautiful flowers. In Zones 9 and warmer, this plant is perennial and an invasive weed. But in colder climates, it it can be grown as an annual, and the cold winters ensure it never becomes invasive.
Cobalt blue is a theme throughout the garden, as in this bright bottle tree.
A nook between roots makes a perfect site for a fairy garden.
Hostas are key to making a beautiful display in this deeply shaded garden.
Hosta plantaginea (August lily, Zones 3–9) brings bright white, highly fragrant blooms to the garden in late summer.
After admiring the beautiful plants, you can take a moment to practice your putting!
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