My hubby also built our shed 8 years ago with ship lapped
popular from York Co., PA, a door from an antique shop, and windows from a yard
sale. In the foreground, you see 'Halcyon' hosta, fleece flower (that
really took off), and spiderwort blooming. Beyond that is the scotch
broom in bloom. On the top left is the female acuba that gets red
berries. The small garbage can holds my extra mini-nuggets and the old
shopping cart comes in handy to haul around nuggets, my plants, or
Photos are from Peach Michael, who says, "My hubby,
Rick, and I live in the borough of Millersburg, Pennsylvania, in USDA Hardiness
Zone 6. We have a .16-acre lot. Since we don’t have much space, we make the
most of it. We do the square foot method of gardening. We’ve been here for 35
years, but didn’t completely landscape the yard until our 3 kids grew up.
Before that it was their playground. We have mostly shade. I love hostas, and
have about 18 varieties. We have slate and brick walkways throughout."
There are several sassafras trees that found their way into
our yard. If something makes itself at home on it's own, I usually let it be.
This is where we eat most meals during the summer.
In addition to perennials, I love “yart” (yard art, a word
coined by our daughter, Megan). Most of the yart is flea market finds, or dug
out of someone’s trash. The bush at the top left is a Pieris. A
wrought iron baby crib (15 bucks!) frames the bed of Jacob’s ladder, red
trillium, 'June' hosta, archangel, bloodroot, dwarf iris, and some Lenton rose.
Along the wooden fence my hubby Rick built, is 'St. Elmos Fire' and elegans
hosta, black cohosh, and a male acuba (evergreen). Pachysandra finds it’s
way around everything. Brunnera and sweet woodruff are finding their way
into the slate.
I never met a hosta or fern I didn't like. I lost a few
hostas from the harsh winter, which surprises me. I always said, "You
can't kill hosta!" I was wrong.
Rick cleans out the fountain twice a summer. That thing to
the left of the fountain, under the bowl, is a light we got at a flea market.
Rick had to re-wire it. It comes on at dusk.
There should be a huge hosta on the right, between these
two. I wonder if it might come back next year?
I had a few extra begonias left over from my hanging baskets
on the porch so I potted some.
We do keep the bamboo in check, or it would take over. It
gives us a little privacy from the building next door.
We lost half of our Scotch Broom, but it doesn't look too
bad. There's my shopping cart again.
I scavenged that piece of metal at the top from a scrap
There's an old bicycle with a basket of pansies hidden in
this area! Pansies and begonias for my hanging porch baskets are the only
annuals I buy. I saw a bumper sticker once that said, "Friends don't let
friends buy annuals."
We have a huge Carolina ash that gives us much shade.
We have other trees, too. In the center of the photo, behind the fountain, is a
corkscrew willow. On the right is a weeping cherry, and the leaves you
see on the top left is a weeping river birch. Around the fountain is
remember me and first mate hostas, shredded umbrella plants, ivy, and solomon
seal. The brick for the walk ways was scavenged around town. When
someone would take up a sidewalk, I was there with my wheel barrow or van.