The Pearsons’ Sustainable Home Garden



Today we’re visiting Yvette Pearson.

The gardens at the Pearson home reflect the many memorable years with our family and friends. When we moved here in 1988, our love of gardening began as an inspiration from the charming landscapes around this community. Initially, we focused on the area surrounding our signature pear tree in the rear of the home, and then we extended our gardening designs to improve the landscape.

Throughout our yard space we continue to create garden designs that highlight the biodiversity of plants during the changing seasons. The west side of the house displays a naturalized garden that includes sedges (Carex species), a variety of epimediums, and blooming evergreen shrubs that relish the shelter of the Japanese snowbell tree (Styrax japonicus, Zones 5–9). The recently completed fern gully focuses on a variety of native plants flanked by the colorful blossoms of perennial geraniums, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ (Zones 3–8), and the exotic Ligularia. And no garden would be complete without vegetable- and fruit-bearing plants, which include a bountiful purple grapevine, a generous brown turkey fig tree, a towering black elderberry bush, and much more!

In recent years we have learned more about the responsibilities of sustainable gardening and the impact to our environment. We are committed to organic practices, which avoid the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that diminish the quality of the soil. These practices support healthy and viable landscapes. Above all, we are cultivating a garden for the years to come!

We welcome everyone to enjoy our garden!

spring flowering shrubs on the side of a houseSpring along the side of the house features masses of azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 5–9) in full bloom.

lots of flowering shrubs and perennials on side of houseThe same part of the garden later in the season brings out blooming perennials, which have taken over from the flowering shrubs.

steps leading to front of house with purple flowers and lots of shrubsShrubs dominate along the steps up to the house, and some color is provided by bearded irises (Iris hybrids, Zones 3–8).

close up of bright pink peonies with fluffy white centersThis gorgeous peony looks to be the variety ‘Bowl of Beauty’ (Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’, Zones 3–8).

White flowers from a yucca (Yucca filamentosa, Zones 4–10) make a dramatic statement, while a low-growing coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata, Zones 3–9) blooms in the front of the bed.

garden bed with lots of conifers and some red flowersThe use of conifers ensures that this bed will look full and beautiful every month in the year, while other plants add seasonal flourishes.

shade garden bed with foliage plants and pink flowersThis shady spot is filled with hostas, ferns (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 3–8), and astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’, Zones 4–8).

another shade garden bed with various foliage plantsContrasting textures and shapes of leaves provide all the interest in this shady spot.

oakleaf hydrangea under trees in the gardenAn oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) still looks good as the flowers age with its dramatic bold foliage.


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