Making a garden out of a parking lot


My name is Heather, and my husband and I garden in Macon, Georgia. We moved into our historic home 13 years ago, and began a cottage-style landscape that allowed us to grow vegetables, enjoy cut flowers, and provide plenty of space for our young children. will provide About five years ago, we bought an empty gravel parking lot next door. At this point, we created a potager-style vegetable garden with a boxwood border, planted a rock path, and added several perennials. In our zone, it’s super hot and humid, and we’ve got that coneflower. (Echinacea) Black-eyed Susan (Rudebeckia), Salvia, Lily of the day (Hemerocallis) and local mountain mints (Pycnanthemum) Do well for us. I always plant zinnias and sunflowers in honor of my late grandfather, who always grew them. We also have a variety of hydrangeas and David Austin roses scattered throughout. Our lot is about an acre and a half and includes an outdoor living area, but I’ve just included photos of my favorite garden areas (plus a couple of “before” photos). This has been a DIY labor of love.

Before – there was really nothing here.

Starting to clear a lot for the new garden.Starting the process of turning the space into a garden

Landscaped garden with hardscaping and flowersAnd after that – what a change!

Peach-colored roses climbing a post.Gulab was trained to magnify the post.

Looking across the garden, the bright foliage of a southern magnolia (Magnolia Grand FloraZones 7-10) frames the scene to one side.

Sunflowers and other plants around a porchSunflower (Helinthus annuusannual) blooming from the corner of the house in honor of Heather’s late grandfather.

Toddler under trellis in gardenThe lush bounty of a vegetable garden entices young gardeners to indulge.

Close up of a bouquet of colorful cut flowers.A fist full of beautiful native flowers

A brown bag full of freshly harvested vegetablesFresh nutrition from the garden

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