Don’t expect a well-groomed perfectly neat landscaped arrangement here. Instead, witness the results of an impulsive gardener with a limited budget, cranky knees, and a willing husband.
A pollinator border of mostly natives defines the north side of this almost-double lot: anise hyssop, fennel, bee balm, aster, and varieties of echinacea are framed by a butterfly bush (buddleia), Morning Light Miscanthus, and, near the sidewalk, Oregon Grape Holly with fruit the birds can’t resist. New this season is a long-coveted Winterberry Holly, whose berries were consumed two days after the first mockingbird arrived.
A crape myrtle, beauty berry, two lace-wing hydrangeas and a thuja dominate the border along the house. Among the plants lower to the ground: ginger, Siberian iris, balloon flower.
There’s a vegetable garden, a cutting and fragrance garden, potted herbs arranged on an old boat, and a pond surrounded by, among other plants, lavender, beach plum, and Joe Pye.
A boxwood anchors the south side of the front yard, accompanied by several perennials, and colorful annuals. Camellia vernalis with bright red flowers that bloom some time between January and March anchors the other side, and a bird-planted crabapple centers it. The arch over the front walk supports an heirloom rose, Albertine, with flowers that are fragrant and tasty!