Today Joe is sharing his former garden with us.
This was the garden I created at my first home in central Michigan over a decade ago.
That’s how it started — not much there, and the house needed a lot of work, too. It was fun to start with a blank slate, but a lot of work.
A year later, the house looked better, but I still had a lot to do with the gardening.
A large mass of Campanula carpitica (Zones 4-9) looked amazing and bloomed almost non-stop. But these turned out to be very short-lived perennials, and died out.
I love bulbs, so lots of tulips and daffodils added color to the front garden in spring.
In the shady part of the garden, air flowers (Anemone blenda, Zones 4-8) Spring bulbs follow the flowering scheme.
I planted a lot in these front beds in early summer. Dense planting means less room for weeds to grow!
One combination that I loved was Cardon’s silver leaves. (Cynara cardunculus, Z5-9), dark fine leaves of bronze fennel (Phoeniculum vulgare, Zones 4-9) and ornamental onions (Alem Christophe, Zones 5-8).
This was not planned. A bed in the back where I planted plants I wasn’t sure what to do with sometimes looked better than my intentional gardens!
Old-fashioned petunias line the front walk. I love their loose growth habit that fills in and allows different colors to blend together.
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