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Woodland Garden in Maryland

A symphony in green

Woodland Garden in Maryland

I’m Mary Spencer, and I live in Carroll County, Maryland. We have lived on this beautiful lot for 21 years, and I have been gardening for as long. We love the trees, birds, and butterflies. My husband and my three miniature schnauzers enjoy every evening on our screened porch.

green gardenA masterpiece in green. Hostas bring bold textures and green shading from blue to yellow. Behind, a young hemlock tree (Tsuga canadensis, Zones 3–7) has delicate needles, the bright green new growth contrasting with the darker green older needles, while a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) adds a delicate texture to the right.

A huge, delicate lacecap hydrangea makes a beautiful backdrop for a container planted with annuals.

Huge hostas guard the entrance to a path that invites you to explore the garden and see what lies beyond the bend.

garden benchA bench invites visitors to sit in the dappled shade and enjoy the beauty of this garden.

screened in porchThe resident miniature schnauzers have claimed the best seats on the screened-in porch, a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the garden in comfort (and be protected from biting insects!)


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  1. nwphillygardener 10/13/2020

    Mary has shown us great examples of how points of visual focus can happen in a shade garden largely made with a variety of green shade: Pots, arbors, tuteurs, ornaments, (even a shed).
    In the opening photo showing a group of Hostas, can anyone identify what is planted in front of the hostas?

    1. Rebeccazone7 10/13/2020

      Looks like Japanese Spurge which is a type of Pachysandra, but not positive.

    2. deeinde 10/13/2020

      It looks like some kind of a begonia leaf to me. Maybe hardy begonia?(Begonia grandis)

    3. nwphillygardener 10/14/2020

      My best guess is that those leaves belong to some form of bellflower, a Campanula. on the right side I see a stem rising that may yield the future bells.

  2. Carolyn3134 10/13/2020

    Lovely! You have obviously succeeded in keeping the deer away from the hostas. Maybe your canine companions have something to do with that, LOL!

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    user-7007816 10/13/2020

    Lovely garden and setting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. wittyone 10/13/2020

    I'd call that a symphony of green! It looks so serene and peaceful. Your screened in porch makes for a perfect sitting place to enjoy all that calmness-----something that we need more of these days.

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    treasuresmom 10/13/2020

    Adore your screened porch. I suspect you spend many hours there

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    simplesue 10/13/2020

    That is my dream...a woodland garden where your neighbors are the trees!
    Love it, love it love it!
    And oh that screened in porch is icing on the cake!

  7. deeinde 10/13/2020

    I also look out at my woodland garden from my screened in porch and love it! I would love to compare notes sometime!

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    bdowen 10/13/2020

    What a beautiful, serene space you have created. I hope you get to sit on that bench and enjoy looking at it after you finish 'tending" it each day. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Maggieat11 10/13/2020

    Oh, my. Thank you for sharing. Your gardens are gorgeous. And I love your screened in porch. You are so fortunate!🌿

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    musabasjoosue 10/13/2020

    What a lovely woodland garden with beautiful black and silver miniature schnauzer caretakers! In my last garden I shared a screen porch with miniature schnauzers for almost 20 years so your last picture really resonated with me. Be well!

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