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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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