Today’s photos come from Beth Tucker, who currently lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina, but sent in these photos from her previous home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where she gardened on a one-acre lot. She says she is still struggling to come to terms with gardening in red clay and summer heat in her new garden. From the images, it is clear she learned very well how to make snowy winters in New Jersey work for her, so I’m sure she’ll adapt to create something beautiful in her new climate as well. The secret to gardening well anywhere is to lean into what makes that place unique. Beth certainly did that, with plants that show off beautifully when covered with snow, turning the winter from a down season to a time of beauty in the garden.
This image is of the area around our little pond in the backyard of our former home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
Here is a crabapple tree in the side garden area, covered with snow.
Here is the same tree, but in full spring bloom. It is so beautiful both times of the year!
This final image is looking toward the front walkway. The arbor had David Austin roses—one pale pink, one white—planted on either side that climbed over the top and met, creating a beautiful sight during the blooming season. We lost the original arbor the previous year during Super Storm Sandy, so the roses were still making a comeback. The front walk was bordered by perennials on both sides and was spectacular in the spring and summer.
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