If you drive down my street in Rock Hill, South Carolina, it won’t be long before you recognize my yard. As you approach my home you will see lilies, bee balm (Monarda), and shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 4–9) standing tall along the sidewalk and the street.
I began gardening about 10 years ago. All I had were foundation shrubs and more grass than I wanted in my yard. I noticed how boring and bare the landscapes were in my neighborhood. While visiting places like Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, I noticed how the gardens were an extension of the home. People loved their outdoor spaces as much as their indoor spaces.
My home sits on about a third of an acre. My plan for the future is to remove more than half of my lawn and replace it with beautiful flowers, plants, and trees. I would like to also have a fenced area for my vegetable garden to protect my plants from rabbits and deer.
Lately my biggest success in the garden has been creating new beds using the sheet mulching technique. At the end of autumn, I smothered the grass with cardboard, compost, and mulch. By spring it was ready for planting. Ten years ago, my biggest garden failure was using the double-dig method to create my first garden plot. That was the first and last time that I used that method.
I really love that my neighbors enjoy the flowers as much as I do. Several people walk down my street just to see what is blooming. One morning I looked outside and saw two little boys stopping to touch and smell the flowers. I opened the door to speak to the family. The father said that his sons were obsessed with my flower garden. That made me so happy! I told them to come back when the zinnias were in bloom so that they could pick some flowers.
During the fall, I spent the weekends searching for discounted bulbs. I hit the jackpot and ended up purchasing and planting over 1000 tulip bulbs. It was so much work. I thought I would never plant another tulip again, but I knew that was not the truth. I’ll be right back at it in the fall, looking for the killer deals.
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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