My name is Terry Hartman, and I live in Plano, Texas. I have been practicing natural landscaping for 37 years. The one thing I have learned about gardening is that there is always something else to learn. Nature is ever changing.
My philosophy of design is to plant each and every plant in a place where it can grow to maturity and still fit the spot and each plant can take on a personality. My landscapes are designed to be low maintenance and beautiful, mimicking the beautiful landscape that God created. Millions of people travel all across this country every year to check out the natural landscape that we are all part of.
I use various levels of plants and terrain in my garden. I have the most beautiful garden in a very nice city because of many years of studying nature. Success is learned from my observation of this beautiful country.
There is a great human interest story to the garden. Nature is where I found solace as an orphan since I was four. I scattered seeds all around the orphanage flower beds from dried blooms of petunias, four-o-clocks (Mirabilis jalapa, Zones 9–11 or as annual) and rose moss (Portulaca grandiflora, annual). Gardening gave my life a meaning, being close to the spirit of the land. It also gave me a way to be successful, because I am never satisfied with my work. I know I can do better because the spirit drives me.
A huge oak tree presides over this naturalistic garden.
Color from foliage and flowers runs between stones to make a complex tapestry.
Silver dichondra (Dichondra argentea, Zones 8–10 or as annual) makes a beautiful, low-care carpet.
A wide view of the garden, showing a range of textures and colors coming from different perennials and the use of stone.
Annual vinca (Cataranthus roseus) provides great, heat-tolerant color and mixes nicely with longer-lasting perennials and stonework.
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