Garden Design

Looking Back at an Old Garden

Today Joe is sharing his former garden with us.

This was the garden I made over a decade ago at the first house I ever owned, in central Michigan.

front yard with no plants of landscapingThis is how it started—not much there, and the house needed a lot of work too. It was fun starting with a blank slate, but so much work.

front yard garden with new path and lawnA year later, the house was looking better, but I still a lot to do with the gardening.

mass planting of purple Campanula with red and white flowers near byA big mass of Campanula carpatica (Zones 4–9) looked amazing and bloomed nearly nonstop. But these turned out to be very short-lived perennials, and faded away.

front steps surrounded by tulips and other bulbs in springI love bulbs, so lots of tulips and daffodils added color to the front garden in the spring.

close up of bright purple AnemoneIn a shaded part of the garden, windflowers (Anemone blanda, Zones 4–8) carried on the spring-bulb flower scheme.

a small but densely planted garden bedI planted a lot in these front beds in early summer. Dense planting means less space for weeds to grow!

wispy pink flowers paired with green foliageA combination I loved was silvery leaves of cardoon (Cynara cardunculus, Zones 5–9), dark fine foliage of bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Zones 4–9), and ornamental onions (Allium christophii, Zones 5–8).

various pink, white, and yellow flowers in the gardenThis wasn’t planned. A bed in the back where I put plants I wasn’t sure what to do with sometimes looked better than my intentional gardens!

pink and white petunias lining a front walkwayOld-fashioned petunias line the front walk. I like their looser growth habit that fills in and lets the different colors mix together.

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