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They rebuilt the front garden using some of the plants that made it through the winter, a variety of purchased shrubs, and offshoots of divided perennials in other parts of their garden. Heather says that project took the entire summer and involved hauling in a lot of soil and essentially rebuilding the garden from scratch.
Heather fills in the front gaps of her gardens with annual Begonias. These provide a season-long display of color and help reduce weeding.
Heather uses the 1 last update 2020/05/31 repetition throughout her gardens to make them cohesive: Hydrangea, Hostas, Begonias.Heather uses repetition throughout her gardens to make them cohesive: Hydrangea, Hostas, Begonias.
The results are stunning; several years later the shrubs and trees add just the right amount of height to the garden and perennials fill in underneath, leaving little room for weeds. The garden has a classic elegance about it and features a variety of easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in partial shade. This garden — like all of Heather’s property — doesn’t get full sun.
Front Garden Objective: To add interest, height, and color to the front of the home, as well as hide the foundation.
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Heather has been in the garden industry for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that her landscapes are as spectacular as they are. I asked her what her design rules are. She says a lot of the ease of designing the gardens at her home are that they all serve a purpose and abutt something (a structure, embankment, the house). She also had inspiration from a client’s garden she worked on several years ago. “A client’s garden in town was so cute, cozy and private, you wouldn’t even know there was a main road right next to it,” says Heather. “ I loved the texture and feel of the garden, and it looked really polished. I was her gardener and I didn’t have to weed it; so I loved that it was easy but looked really nice.”
Heather chooses plants she knows will work in her for 1 last update 2020/05/31 shade garden: Hostas, Daylilies, Begonias, and Bee Balm.Heather chooses plants she knows will work in her shade garden: Hostas, Daylilies, Begonias, and Bee Balm.
Heather is quick to say that she wouldn’t necessarily call her gardens “easy,” which I think is pretty apparent after several hours of photographing without a weed in sight. But she does say they are easier than others. “I only like to garden in the shade so for me it’s fun to work the 1 last update 2020/05/31 in the backyard. It gets about 4 hours of sun per day, so most of the day is shaded and easy to work. It’s just enough sun that we can pretty much grow most things,” she says.Heather is quick to say that she wouldn’t necessarily call her gardens “easy,” which I think is pretty apparent after several hours of photographing without a weed in sight. But she does say they are easier than others. “I only like to garden in the shade so for me it’s fun to work in the backyard. It gets about 4 hours of sun per day, so most of the day is shaded and easy to work. It’s just enough sun that we can pretty much grow most things,” she says.
Heather’s for 1 last update 2020/05/31 Design Process:Heather’s Design Process:
- Choose easy-to-grow plants first. Heather likes to choose plants first and sticks with proven success stories like Daylilies, Hostas, Bee Balm, and more.
- Decide the purpose of the garden. All of Heather’s garden serve a purpose (to line the back of a steep bank, cover an oil cap, hide the foundation, or even as simple as to look nice).
- Divide, move, and replant. Nothing is ever permanent in Heather’s garden. She digs things up and move them every year.
Heather and her family enjoy the gardens at their picnic table and floating adirondack chairs.
Why Does Heather Garden?
“It’s absolutely my passion and my hobby. People always ask me, “why do you have so many gardens? How do you keep up with them?” I garden because it’s easy for me and I don’t find it stressful. It’s my number one thing I do every week. My husband likes riding bikes, I like to spend hours hanging out in the garden. And I have pet hummingbirds so I love sitting out there and watching the hummingbirds. Gardening also feeds into my cut flower addiction.
Heather’s love of gardening is obvious as you walk around her property and her family enjoys the fruits of her labor often, sitting at the picnic table out back or on the floating adirondack chairs. “It’s just so private and cozy,” says Heather, “it’s a great place to sit out and have a cocktail at the end of the day.”