My name is Stephanie Weisser. I live in Buckingham, Pennsylvania, Zone 6b. My husband, Michael, and I have been gardening for almost 40 years. The plants are my purview, and Michael builds the stone paths and walls and creates the layout.
I recently retired and have more time to focus on my garden, which brings me great joy and occasional frustration.
Michael shot these lovely photos, showing early spring in our garden.
We installed a deer fence a year or so ago, and it was worth every penny. I would have very little garden without it.
We’ve been working on various parts of the landscape, but it’s our moss garden that gets the oohs and ahs. It’s about 30 feet by 90 feet and has a rootery and rock garden, plus little runoff areas etched into the moss.
A parrot tulip with tiny sedum in the background.
A close-up of the moss garden and shade bed that abuts the fence. There’s an assortment of shade perennials, including Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, Zones 3–8), bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9), and the hostas and Japanese painted fern (Athyrium japonicum var. pictum, Zones 3–8) that are just starting to emerge. The spot of red is a species tulip.
A newly developing bog garden. Chinese astilbe ‘Milk and Honey’ (Astilbe chinensis ‘Milk and Honey’, Zones 4–9), Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’ (Zones 4–9), and ‘Crested Surf’ painted fern. All were nipped by the recent spring frost. Behind the trunks of the viburnum are wild purple irises.
A bug hotel and a stone path both built by my husband. Shade plants all around are just beginning to emerge.
Columbine (Aquilegia hybrid, Zones 3–9), sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–8), a frost-nipped astilbe, lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis, Zones 3–8), and a native ground cover with little yellow flowers, possibly Chrysogonum virginianum.
This bed is next to the road, and it’s always surprising that anything survives. It’s spring, so everything looks great. There are Bagatelle barberry shrubs (Berberis thunbergii ‘Bagatelle’, Zones 4–8), Japanese holly (Ilex crenata, Zones 5–8), Penstemon ‘Husker ‘Red (Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’, Zones 3–8), Liatris spicata (Zones 3–9), and Japanese anemones (Anemone × hybrida, Zones 4–8). I thin the anemones out all summer or they take over. In the center is another wall with stones from the creek bed behind our house.
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