John’s Maryland Garden – Bagicha Bazaar



My name is John Rohde. My garden is located 15 miles north of Baltimore in Towson, Maryland, zone 7b. This is the second full year for this epidemic. I enjoy mixing annuals and perennials with trees and tropicals in containers. The back of my house has a water feature, lily tubs, a patio and vegetable garden.

A garden with a brick path winding around a small treeThis is the path leading to the rear garden. The small tree on the right is a shade blue serviceberry. (Amelanchier canadensis, Zones 4-8).

Small shrub growing in a pot along a brick path.Plant in container a Kotense Kogegria ‘Royal Purple’ (Zones 5-8) which survives the winter in this location. The tree on the right is black glue. (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’, Zones 3-9) that shades the deck.

Shaded garden with various plantsThese are the stairs that lead down to the garden. Iris-like plant a Belamacunda chinensis ‘Freckleface’ (zones 5-10) with different hosts on the right.

Grand stone steps lead through the garden with ground cover and container planting.This photo of the steps was taken from the bottom up. This is a wonderful place to display miniature hostas, groundcovers, perennials and bulbs. The area has good lighting and good drainage. A Japanese lantern is lit in the distance. ‘Exceptional’ Lavender (Lavendola ‘Phenomenal’, zones 5-9) is planted in a dish planter on a pillar above a pond.

Cover the water feature with lily pads and other indoor plants.The pond is constructed with a liner, lights and a fountain.

Top view of garden patio with many container plantingsThis is the view of the patio from the top deck. The small tree on the right is a seedling Japanese maple with several perennials and tropicals in containers. The container tree is a Carolina silver vine. (Helicia carolina, Zones 4-8). There is a curved retaining wall to the right next to the ‘Tardiva’. Hydrangea (Hydrangea punculata ‘Tardiva’, zones 3–8) downwards. One of nine lotuses in containers is visible on this patio.

Top view of full vegetable gardenThis is a view of a vegetable garden with three compost bins and a partial view of plants without houses. I grow blueberries, tomatoes and asparagus.

The deck is covered in containers with tropical plants.On the upper deck are containers of hibiscus, many clevias, tropicals, and Wisteria Fruit Sense (Zones 5-9). I will grow anything in a container.

A frog trapped in a pot full of waterI hope you enjoyed your journey through my garden.

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