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Sandy's garden in Connecticut

Ornamental Garden: Stone walls replaced original railroad tie structures, with a grass path and stone stairs. Present garden with boxwood now a hedge and perennials.

 

Photos are from Sandy Motyka in Connecticut. She says, "For years we owned several acres of land behind our first home in Newtown. In the late 1990s we decided to build on a part of that land we had enjoyed walking through with dogs and family. It was important to us to preserve the natural beauty of the land and not turn it into a typical suburban lawn-centered landscape. This is just a glimpse of what we have done on five acres. These photos focus on the ornamental garden behind the house. It’s really stone-lined giant flower pots that were backfilled with compost and topsoil. Everything is grouped for impact and ease of care. It’s the most formal of the plantings. All else is geared to transition into the natural landscape with hardwoods, including beeches, lots of native ferns, and rugged stone outcroppings."

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

Same garden in full summer, after white lilacs have bloomed


Sandys garden in Connecticut

close up with butterfly


Sandys garden in Connecticut

this garden when newly planted about 8 years ago

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

same garden as above when new with annuals and some perennials

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

stone stairs replaced railroad ties


Sandys garden in Connecticut

The side yard plantings are designed to blend the beautiful natural landscape replete with native hardwoods and natural ferns, and to minimize lawn wherever possible. This is the side yard with a rustic patio - the little maple has since left us L

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

side yard keeping natural stone outcropping and native ferns to blend with stone wall with hydrangeas. White 'Ice Follies' daffodils and old-fashioned narcissus fill the area under the hydrangeas in spring

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

front yard

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

Entry to fern garden. This area was rubble from the house building and lots of stone, probably from the backside of the glacier, and some natural ferns. It was a mess, but every year we plant some more ferns to fill in.

 

Sandys garden in Connecticut

We added natural stone steps and rustic ornaments to make this rubble pile look nice since we see right off the terrace

 


 

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