South-Side Chicago

Sarah Baranoff in Chicago, IL

My yard is sunny in the front, and mostly shaded in the back. I have three large trees on my property - a maple in the front, and in the back and elm and something else that I don't know what is. I also have a Rottweiler, so my yard takes a lot of abuse from the dog running around in it.

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1 of 21: This garden gets partial sun. We are growing a lilac, but until it gets large enough, this is also the herb garden.

2 of 21: This is the beginning of the shade garden for 2010. Eventually this garden will be a mix of Sweet Woodruff, Virginia Spiderwort, and Lily of the Valley with a Japanese Peony in the center.

3 of 21: Since I planted it last year, my Virginia Spiderwort has had a chance to get well-established. It is slowly mixing with the Sweet Woodruff planted next to it (it\'s left side, in this photo, though you can\'t see it).

4 of 21: I think that the spiderwort is my favorite plant in the garden.

5 of 21: My Japanese peony and one lily-of-the-valley plant in my back yard. This is actually my shade garden - it\'s getting it\'s afternoon dose of sunshine right now.

6 of 21: This little fairy cottage planter was a birthday gift purchased from Plow and Hearth. I filled it with pink/white bicolor dianthus, tall aster, duchess burgundy torenia, angel\'s tears (Helxine soleirolii), silver dust dusty miller, blue browallia, black dragon coleus, burgundy petunia, and white victoria salvia.

7 of 21: Another view of the fairy house about a month after it was planted and situated. The mushrooms are glass tops on ceramic stems.

8 of 21: Since I planted it, my fairy house has really settled itself and filled in. I\'m enjoying the whimsy of it.

9 of 21: A little bit of my front garden. Right now, this is the garden I\'m the happiest with. The larger bushes need trimmed, but the combination of shapes and colors is what I want in the rest of my gardens too.

10 of 21: Front porch container with nemesia, begonias, and a petunia.

11 of 21: Small porch containers contain salvia and begonias. I have two of these.

12 of 21: Planters on the front porch and the hydrangea in the front garden.

13 of 21: Hydrangea bud.

14 of 21: Succulents on my back deck.

15 of 21: Rock Rose Ice Plant bloom.

16 of 21: My surprise snapdragon - I didn\'t plant it, but it is growing in my yard. I\'m so glad I didn\'t pull it up thinking it was a weed.

17 of 21: Snapdragon bloom.

18 of 21: The newest addition to the garden - two Blue Star Flower willow varietals, two Flamingo Astilbe, and one Kerria.

19 of 21: Kerria bloom.

20 of 21: Hosta Field along the side of the house.

21 of 21: The front garden in the winter.

Comments / Questions

Lark 4 years ago

Sarah it looks like you are really getting started with great garden. Nice plant choices. Your 'Fairy Garden' is so cute. I told myself that this year I would do a 'Fairy Garden' with my Grand Kids. The Fairy House is darling. Do you have any fairies? I wonder where you find miniture fairy statues? Have you visited Faery Hollow on this site? Barb has done an excellent job on her fairy garden. Smiles, Lark

Lynn 5 years ago

Love the bit of whimsy with the fairy house.

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