Imagine that you are faced with a decision. Change the entire plant palette in the dozen backyard garden beds you love, or quit gardening altogether. Meet the tenacious gardener who traded out roses and hostas for only deer-resistent ornamentals in what is now a cutting garden.
Plants mentioned: Impatiens balsamina (touch-me-not, jumping Betty), Rudbeckia hirta (gloriosa daisy), Vernonia galamensis L. (ironweed), Lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck loosestrife), garland marigolds, hardy hibiscus. Good to Know: like cosmos and cleome, balsam reseeds prolifically.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.