October 22, 2021

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Mary’s Ohio Garden

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My name is Mary Harkacz, and my garden is located in northeastern Ohio. I’ve been gardening for over 30 years, but I’ve worked on this one for over 20! It really is one of my greatest passions.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe patio is our favorite backyard lounge spot. I love trying something new here every year. In the hanging basket are pink bougainvillea (Bougainvillea sp. Zones 9–11 or as an annual) with variegated leaves. Their thorns may have pricked me more times than I care to admit, but I still think they’re beautiful!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHere’s a view of the patio taken a little farther away that shows a bit more of the garden. I love using English ivy (Hedera helix, Zones 5–9) as a ground cover. There are more pink petunias (Petunia hybrid, annual) here, with a yellow begonia (Begonia hybrid, annual) almost out of the frame.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWhen we built our fence around the yard, we really wanted to include a gate, since we were lucky to have wonderful neighbors. In the pots we have pink geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) and more English ivy. We have some wisteria (Wisteria sinensis, Zones 5–10) vines—and they are considered invasive, but I really enjoy the look they give. The big green leaves on the left of the gate are hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–9) plants. There are some branches of evergreen, but I’m not sure what kind.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis view of the gate area showcases the angle just before you reach it.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis is what you see from the gate area looking the other direction toward the house.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHere’s a view of our garden at the front of the house. While this area is about a half-acre from the road, I still loved building up a garden here for a little extra privacy and beauty. There are ferns on either side of the bench. On the right are two varieties of boxwood (Buxus spp., Zones 5–9). On the far left and hidden on the right is more English ivy. In the foreground pot, I’ve planted basil, among other plants.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA view of the opposite direction of the front garden—it’s our favorite place for a morning coffee.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI love the idea of looking at my gardens at night and seeing them illuminated. In the front of our house, we have a spot with pink begonias and coleus in front of an arborvitae, among others.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHere’s a shot of our driveway lined with arborvitaes (Thuja occidentalis, Zones 3–8).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnd last but not least, we have a little basin tucked away that regularly has some adorable visitors.

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