Today’s post comes from Jodi Holley.
After 17 years, my house is on the market for sale. I’ve been spending the last few times in my garden saying goodbye. I live in Sterling Heights, Michigan (Zone 6), with cold summers and hot winters, so plants here need to be durable and adaptable. When we first moved in, all the perennials were pretty much pink and yellow. That had to change, and fast, because there is so much more to enjoy!
Fragrant lilacs (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7) blooming over gold alyssum (Aurinia saxatilis, Zones 4–7).
More gold alyssum, with columbines (Aquilegia hybrids, Zones 3–8).
Bearded irises (Zones 3–8) carry on the midspring show.
In late spring and early summer, the roses start blooming, and my pride and joy—my secret garden—is in its prime!
Another view of the secret garden in early summer. The location of my secret garden (tucked behind the detached garage) was no more than weeds and sand when we first moved in. The previous owners used the space to put up a pop-up swimming pool, then a picnic table. I landscaped the areas that were hard to get to with a lawnmower and then put in beds. I put in a pine tree that was no more than a twig when we moved in in 2003. Today it is over 20 feet tall, with shade perennials growing happily around it.
In fall the mums (Chrysanthemum × morifolium, Zones 5–9 ), which also grow in nearly every bed, put on their annual show.
It’s been my joy to remake the existing garden in my image, but an even greater one to plant where there was nothing. It’s hard to say goodbye, but I’m looking forward to the new garden I’ll plant from nothing.
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