June 12, 2021

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Paul and Heather’s Indiana Garden

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Paul and Heather Shelley are sharing their garden with us today.

We started gardening seriously here over a decade ago. At the beginning, our corner lot was nothing but dirt, as we had bought a newly built house in northern Indiana (Goshen).

We started with major structural plants, trees, and shrubs for privacy around the perimeter of the yard, and now we are in the process of transitioning to a shady yard, as the trees have matured over the last 22 years.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHard to imagine this started as a completely blank lot! Planting trees and shrubs is always a great way to start a new garden and create a beautiful space as they mature.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe large shrub to the right looks like dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, Zones 5–7), which has showy pink-and-white variegated new growth that is so colorful that it almost looks like it is in flower.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCareful plantings of shrubs have created a lot of privacy in the yard, and there’s a beautiful little sitting nook tucked away amid all the greenery.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCatmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8) is a great, long-blooming perennial that produces clouds of small blue flowers in the summer and is resistant to both deer and rabbit damage. The name “catmint” comes from the plant’s close relationship to catnip (Nepeta cataria, Zones 3–9), which is famous for its heady attraction to cats. Catmint has showier flowers and won’t lure every stray cat in your neighborhood.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA diverse selection of shrubs, many evergreen, provides a strong backbone to this garden so it will look good every day of the year.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCrisp lawns provide a tidy border to the increasingly shady garden beds.

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.

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