Today we’re visiting Shelly Zylstra, who has created an incredible garden at her townhome in Tinley Park, Illinois.
If you’ve ever thought you’d like to have an amazing garden but don’t think you have the space for it, this GPOD is for you! Shelly has transformed the deck and surrounding area at her townhome into a stunning and dramatic garden. Any spot where you can put a few containers can become a beautiful garden.
Shelly says that this is her fourth year putting together plantings outside her townhome, and she considers herself a flower addict.
Tall orange cannas (Canna hybrid, Zones 7–9 or as tender bulbs) and dark-leaved ‘Vertigo’ fountain grass (Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’, Zones 8–11 or as annual) bring height to the planting. Verbena ‘Whiteout’ (annual) and Petunia ‘Vista Snowdrift’ (annual) provide masses of white flowers. A dark coleus (annual) brings points of darker color, and parrot beak (Lotus bertholotii, annual) provides fernlike foliage. Trailing down from the containers are big swags of silver falls dichondra (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, Zones 8–10 or as annual).
Combining very tall plants and long trailing ones multiplies the effect of these containers, filling the space with beauty.
Under the deck, more flowers and dramatic foliage make up the rest of the garden, and there’s a cozy seating area surrounded by blooms.
One last shot of the townhome garden. Can you imagine how beautiful this community would be if everyone gardened like this?
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