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Seth’s Plymouth Garden

Making the most of a small garden space

small tree with bright red bark in the snow-covered garden

Today we’re visiting with Seth Kilgore.

Here are some photos of my tiny garden. I garden in Plymouth and Boston, Massachusetts. I have four plots in three different community gardens, plus my tiny yard in Plymouth. I enjoy having different gardens to tend because the sense of discovery is a delight with each visit.

small garden bed with variegated foliage plants and white irisesAll the plants in this photo were taken from my mother’s garden before we sold her home. It offers me joy for many reasons.

conifer shrub and trees along a small brick garden pathI am most interested in conifers for landscaping because of the year-round interest they provide in New England.

evergreen plants on a slopeJunipers (Juniperus sp., Zones 3–9) cover this slope with durable, evergreen foliage.

small tree with bright red bark in the snow-covered gardenCoral-bark Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’, Zones 5–9) provides brilliant color all winter long thanks to the bright bark on its branches. Combining this with conifers ensures that this garden looks great any day of the year, even through the snowy months.

fence with painted rabbit signMy rabbit remediation effort—while the rabbits may ignore it, my neighbors get a kick out of it.

evergreen conifers hedgeMy favorite combination is the screening from the neighbors next door. The contrast of the shine of the Manhattan euonymus (Euonymus kiautschovicus ‘Manhattan’, Zones 5–8) and the frilly ‘Degroot’s Spire’ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’, Zones 2–7) appeals to me and is most effective with its mission of providing a good screen.


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  1. MohawkValley 06/13/2023

    It appears that you took advantage of any turf you had available . I don't see any weeds ! Ha . Nice job ! Love that red-bark maple for the off-season !

  2. janetsydoruk 06/13/2023

    I just love everything.

  3. rosebudal 06/13/2023

    Great use of conifers, very well done. And I agree, Euonymous and Thuja are a great combo. Must have been hard to let your mom’s house go.

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    simplesue 06/13/2023

    I like your style and sense of humor- and your appreciation for year round beauty with conifers! Such nice gardens!
    I was in Plymouth once and love the vibe there!

  5. user-7821942 06/13/2023

    Beautiful! The hosta garden at your mother's house is lovely. The planting with the coral bark maple is well done and soothing with the consistent, curving planting. The maple shines in its starring role.
    Regarding your mother's home, I sold my mother's home of 48 years last year so I have some idea of how you may feel. She loved to garden and I was able to divide many of her plants which now reside in my gardens.

  6. btucker9675 06/13/2023

    Lovely - everything is lovely and I especially like the border along the brick pathway.

  7. gardenconcierge 06/13/2023

    Dear Seth,

    I've always thought compact gardens are the most challenging to design, but also the most beautiful. You have succeeded in creating lovely vistas and well chosen plants. Congratulations. Enjoy.

  8. jos29803 06/13/2023

    Small and compact with beauty and joy. Love the use of evergreens. 100% Beautiful!

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