Southern Gardens

In the Spring of 2019, we broke ground on the Southern facing gardens by carving a large swooping kidney shape into the lawn. My husband tilled the compacted soil and I followed by working in organic matter by hand.

The first of many plants to be introduced into the yard was a ‘Velvet Cloak’ Smokebush (Cotinus Coggygria), a Crabapple, and a Japanese Dappled Willow (Salix Integra) as foundation plants. After the first year, and a lot of research on the benefits of native plants, I introduced an Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry and two smaller cultivars of Juniperus Virginiana.

The Southern end of our property is the most expansive within our small suburban plot, so naturally the gardens evolve and expand each year with the intention of decreasing turf and increasing wildlife habitat.

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