Is there much to look at in your home landscape in the winter? Get some ideas on how to sustain beauty and interest year-round as Phillipe Chadwick strolls an estate garden that features several plant specimens that take center stage outside the prime growing season.
A new home in a new subdivision is a blank canvas for homeowners who are Do-It-Yourselfers. Tammy Algood visits with one of the plant-lovers who worked together with her spouse over 30 years on this landscape. We tour their pleasing and pleasant backyard featuring trees, border beds, raised beds, and container plants. They also have functional and interesting hardscapes for gathering.
This gardener has experience, and we benefit from her knowledge during this tour of her home gardens. There are shady areas, a large, deep sunny perennial border, spots for a container garden, and delightful structures and accents to complement the overall appearance of these extensive garden spots.
These homeowners are indeed landscape designers, and plant people. Annette Shrader takes us through the gate to find a densely planted backyard retreat that will have one thinking there are no neighbors. The reality is that there are neighbors on all sides. A great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials accent the ponds and sitting spots. Themed garden areas make a visitor feel as if they are a world away from the busy city when in fact it is just minutes from the urban core.
Thirty years ago, Sally Reynolds began visualizing her home landscape. Now dubbed 'Mille Fleurs', her underlying goal was to have long views, garden rooms to wander through, deep foundation plantings, and lovely vistas. Now, with time, those goals have been realized. Troy Marden visits with his ole garden design friend for a retrospective of the choices over the years, a discussion of some of her favorite plants, and highlights of this garden's evolution.
Annette Shrader checks in to see the changes in the plant palette of an energetic, knowledgeable home gardener we have visited some years ago. We find that Japanese iris have replaced the bearded iris, there's a row of Fusion lilies sparkling along the fence row, and Angie's chosen daylily varieties are dazzling.
The Blevins Japanese Garden was first established at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in the 1970's. It has undergone a major renovation which added greater accessibility and a more polished enclosure. Phillipe Chadwick discusses the history of the garden and the masterful horticulturalists who have designed and nurtured it. Plant material and natural stone elements are also examined.