September 28, 2021

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Tim and Laura’s Garden

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Today we’re visiting the garden of husband and wife Tim Boland (a botanist) and Laura Coit (a designer).

Here are some pictures of our home garden on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It is a drought-tolerant garden amid an oak forest where the soil lacks organic matter. We garden on composted soil built up over 16 years. We have selected plants for their ability to grow in the tough conditions of sandy soil and intense island winds. The design is a modern take on a cottage garden, with an ecological approach to plant selection. As a result, several island seed-grown natives are used in combination with nonnative but highly adaptable perennials and grasses.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPictured here, and capturing the late-day light, is the gravel path entry to our home. It is flanked by Nassella tenuissima (Zones 5–10), Baptisia tinctoria (Zones 3–9), Aquilegia canadensis (Zones 3–8), Stachys ‘Helene von Stein’ (Zones 4–8), Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ (Zones 3–8), and a liberal dose of island-grown Asclepias tuberosa (Zones 4–10).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA monarch butterfly caterpillar munches on Asclepias incarnata (Zones 3–8) which, despite its common name of swamp milkweed, is happy in wet or drier soil.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsButterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) of course is a great host plant for monarch butterflies, but it is also just incredibly beautiful.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsButterfly weed and hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 5–9) make a fiery combination of colors and great food for native insects.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis combination of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum sp., Zones 4–8) backed by amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii, Zone 5 – 8) looks great now and will only get better in the fall as the amsonia takes on its wonderful yellow fall color.

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.

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