Bill’s Illinois Garden – Bagicha Bazaar



Today’s presentation is from Bill Marvin, a landscape designer living in Skokie, Illinois.

My background is graphic design, and I don’t consider myself a master gardener. I think I have just scratched the surface of what there is to know about plants. The landscape design for my yard was never done. It has evolved over just 25 years between needing a garden and bringing home struggling orphans from my projects. The color of the flowering plants still amazes me.

The spring garden is full of yellow and purple bulbs.Daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, zones 3-9), hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis, Zones 4–8) and azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, zones 5-10) brighten up the spring front yard.

This is a summer view from my studio. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) and ‘Pink Diamond’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea punculata ‘Pink Diamond’, zones 3–8) and Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus, Zones 5-8) get ready to open.

Close up of pale purple rhododendron flowersThis ‘PJM’ rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘PJM’, zones 4–8) are delightful under my studio window.

Near the blue rose of Sharon flowerThis flower is a blue chiffon rose of Sharon and one of my favorites.

Small garden pond surrounded by ornamental grassI’ve turned the backyard into a wildlife habitat, and an essential feature is running water. Birds large and small that visit the feeder love to bathe in the stream.

Host under a bird feeder with flower bushes behind.Lots of hosts (the host hybrids, zones 3–9), ‘My Monet’ and ‘Wine and Roses’ with a background of weigela. (Weigela florida, zones 4-8).

Wide view of a garden with pink flowering bushes in the foregroundI replaced some dying white pines (Pence strobes, Zones 3–8) with a ‘baby blue’ blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Baby Blue’, zones 2–7) and ‘Fat Albert’ spruce (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’, zones 2-7). They are both now over 15 feet tall and are a joy to watch grow and change each year. ‘Cairns’ Azalea. (Rhododendron ‘Cairns’, Zones 5-8) produces brilliant color every spring in front.

Six mallard ducks on the lawnThese young mallards were incubated at home before being released into the yard. They were very friendly with my dog ​​and cat. I released them in the wild after three months.

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