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Seasons in Renee’s Garden

A garden transformation in just a few years

new garden in spring

Hello! My name is Renee and I live in Memphis, Tennessee. I wanted to share my back garden in four seasons as well as “before” pictures. I started working on this area of my garden in early 2020; the “before” pictures are from February 2020. Every bit of this I did myself.

When I started I had five mature trees and an otherwise clean slate to work with. My garden is roughly five times longer than it is wide, so I decided to create a curved grass path going around the far corner. I started with adding evergreens for structure and a few ornamental trees for focal points. I built around the two existing mature pink dogwood trees (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) in order to really highlight them, because they’re beautiful in every season. Since then I’ve added layers of shrubs and perennials based on variation of height, texture, and color. I’ve also tried to add interest for every season. I like to use repetition of color and texture in my garden to draw the eye down the path. Blue is easily my favorite color, so I use it often throughout my garden to add contrast and interest. In several areas I’ve used pots to place plants that will eventually need to be moved to make room for the shrubs and trees as they mature.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been three growing seasons since I started this transformation. I’m excited to watch my garden grow and mature through the years.

backyard garden before landscaping“Before” picture, taken in February 2020

another view of the garden before transformationAnother view from before the garden transformation—pretty much a clean slate to be sure!

new garden in springFast-forward just two years to April 2022 and wow! It is a garden now. The pink dogwoods and red foliage from Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) bring a lot of color to the spring scene.

new garden in summerThe lushness of summer

new garden in fallIn fall the dogwoods and maples show off their colored leaves

new garden in winterAnd in a winter snowfall, the bones of the garden still look great, full of promise for the seasons ahead.


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    vanhatalosuomi 11/23/2022

    Great transitional photos of the seasons. Thanks for sharing your garden.

  2. JaySifford 11/23/2022

    What a beautiful space you have created! I"m sure that it gives back to you as much as you have given it.

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    treasuresmom 11/23/2022

    Renee is on Instagram at It is well worth following. Renee, love your garden. You are such an inspiration.

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  4. gardendevas 11/23/2022

    Absolutely love your garden! (Have been following for most of this wonderful transformation.) what is the lovely lacey blue evergreen on the left?

    1. rminirth 11/23/2022

      That is a blue ice cypress ♥️
      It will get big & I plan to accommodate it as it grows

  5. theconstantdecorator 11/23/2022

    Gorgeous garden Renee! I love your garden in all seasons and found Fall in your garden particularly striking. Well done.

  6. sheila_schultz 11/23/2022

    All of your hard work has paid off!!! Your lush gardens are visually beautiful.

  7. foxglove12 11/23/2022

    Wow! I really love your before and after photos. It truly shows your hard work and sense of design. Great job!

  8. user-7007672 11/23/2022

    Gorgeous gardens in such a short time! Thank you for sharing the fruits of your hard work with us.

  9. joe_green_thumb 11/25/2022

    What a nice transformation. I wish I did before photos of mine. 27 years ago. I've removed and added so many plants.

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    Shawna 11/27/2022


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    simplesue 11/28/2022

    I love what you've done, and I love seeing before & after photos- so someone can see the how much a space has transformed.
    And what difference you've made!
    I just makes me want to stroll through the green grass pathway and explore all the plantings!

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