Mischael McKenna of New Hartford, New York, sent in these photos of an amazing transformation they made in their garden, turning trash into pretty incredible treasure. I just love this idea! Instead of spending the time and money to have this stump ground down into nothing, they’ve taken it and made it a dramatic, unique feature in the garden.
We had to cut down the katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Zones 4–8) that was next to our house due to concerns about the foundation. As we were taking some of the plant material from the area, we realized that the root system was gorgeous. So we decided to dig it out and use it as a garden.
The completed stump-and-root garden, dug out and accented with gravel mulch and a few well-placed pots of annuals.
A wider view of the garden area, with the katsura stump visible on the right.
Looking up the path toward the katsura stump garden.
Bright yellows from flowers and foliage provide a theme in this bed in front of the stump garden.
The wide view up to the house.
In another part of the yard, hostas reign supreme. Here a variety of hostas grow, mingling with a few other shade-loving perennials and annuals for contrast and added color.
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