Deronda's Gardens

Deronda in Corryton, TN

I have 1.5 acres to fill.I started gardening 2004 when we bought this fixer upper with no landscaping but the big trees.With a small front yard I made a cottage style garden. To oneside yard a memory garden,a Septic garden I named hodge-podge,the backyard where we have a drainage ditch across the land. I dug out part of it & made a ditch garden. A vegetable/herb garden.This year Frog Island & fence line border gardens. I love gardening in Knoxville,Tennesse.

Back Yard Cottage Garden Flower Close-ups Front Yard Garden Huge (Half Acre Plus ) Large (5,000 - 10,000 sq ft.) Path / Walkway Side Yard

1 of 25: Front yard right on the road after we made a parking area so I dug up sod & made a cottage garden using knockout roses as the fence & ground phlox to cover curb.

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4 of 25: Entrance to memory garden on the right side of house. I made a small pond so I could have a few water flowers. Would like to someday make a waterfall & stream.

5 of 25: Added bridge this year as entrance to crossing into memory garden.

6 of 25: Entrance to back yard from memory garden.

7 of 25: Memory garden summer 2008.

8 of 25: Septic tank is right behind birdhouse pole.I call this garden hodge-podge. In this space I put sale plants I buy and divisions until I decide were to plant later in other flower beds. Just in case we need access to tank or our lines. I dont want anything that might have deep roots and that will be hard to remove.

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10 of 25: This is a slope coming down from the gate into backyard. I leveled and put pea gravel ever 4ft. then a landscape timber to hold it in place.

11 of 25: Spring 2008 I added little princes spirea to give another season of color. Against the house are rose of sharon bushes, peonies, spirea and dianthus.

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13 of 25: Back of house we need to be able to get to under house. I am growing st.johnswort hear so I can transplant to a slope outside fence line next year.

14 of 25: My garden shed. We added another set of steps off back deck this year. Still a work in progress. I planted the deck garden summer 2008. I have Japanese Iris, clematis,Carolina jasmine, hibiscus on each side of shed doors.

15 of 25: I needed a place to turn riding mower around so I created this bed spring 2008. It is mostly shade so I planted hydrangea a few perennials and a crape myrtle.

16 of 25: Back yard On left side of house, it is shaded with old oaks. A work in progress.

17 of 25: Iris,daylily,rose compion,balloon flower,robin hood rosa,hibiscus,dahlia,coneflower,salvia,sedum,phlox,monarda, lobelia,red hot poker, coreopsis,cana,elephant ears,butterfly bushes,chast tree,maple tree,niobe clematis,hollyhocks,larkspur,asters,jacobs ladder,crape myrtle, & many more.

18 of 25: This is one of the road culverts that come into our property. I dug out some of it to create my ditch garden. It was spreading out and causing us to lose land and flood the back yard. So I needed to get creative. This was my first yard project. I planted butterfly bushes on one side and add to this garden all the time. It is massive and takes a lot of shrubs and plants to fill. I even added to the other end fall 2008.

19 of 25: Drain culvert from side road were I started digging out & made my ditch garden.

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21 of 25: Ditch garden early summer.

22 of 25: Ditch garden early summer.

23 of 25: Looking from the vegetable garden onto the back of the house.

24 of 25: Vegetable & Herb gardens. I got tired of weeding so I dug 8in. of soil out.I had some old concrete, busted it up into pieces & layered it into 8x8 squares. Added topsoil,compost & manure. I love it! NO WEEDS!

25 of 25: Frog Island was created in a low spot where two rain runoffs meet in the middle of my yard.I added soil that I got from edging my beds and dug out of ditch. Spring 2008 I planted a purple butterfly bush, yellow Japanese rose, lilac, white hydrangea, yellow and white Iris, yellow happy return daylily and purple rose of sharon bush. Wanted to create a secrete garden for my grandkids. So I named it Frog Island for them.

Comments / Questions

Lynn 3 years ago

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a great paradise to explore. What zone are you in?

Bryan 6 years ago

Hi Deronda. I have fixed the issue with your slideshow. It was due to the use of a quote (") in the caption. Thanks.

Deronda 6 years ago

I have no way to rate anyones space, its gone. I could not rate your space either. Thank you Bryan for fixing my pics! and Lark for letting me no. No I dont have power Index either. Whats up??

Bryan 6 years ago

I Deronda and Lark. I've had to remove the ratings and Power Index for the time being due to some issues. I am in the middle of re-designing YardShare and am working on ways to feature the best yards prominently. My goal is to have the redesign done by early January. Thanks!

Deronda 6 years ago

oh thank you bryan. I no it will be good.

Lark 6 years ago

You asked for the names of the plants in SEPTEMBER MORNING, I edited the pictures so you can see the names. If you have any specific question on a picture, just give me the number of the picture and I will try and help you.

Lark 6 years ago

I really like your style of gardening, great job!

Lark 6 years ago

You are really a passionate gardener! Lots of work but oh so fun. Frog Alley for your grandkids is such a cute idea. In our woods and wet area we had ALOT of poison sumac. We didn't know about it when we bought the property and learned the hard way. RASH all over both of us. Some of the poisin sumac had a 5 inch trunk, he used a chainsaw (not knowing what it was) and all the shavings that hit us ended up a rash. Oh well now we use round up to keep it all controlled.

Renee 6 years ago

What a spectacular garden! I especially love your memory garden and your huge long beds. What is that pretty orange and yellow bitone daylily? It's a real stunner.

flower girl 6 years ago

stunning,looks like you have been working hard & what a payoff wow. thank,s for sharing.

Karen W 6 years ago

You c tell you've worked very hard on your yard. It is so pretty, you should be proud

Robyn 6 years ago

wow, beautiful job...what state are u in?

Bryan 6 years ago

What a beautiful yard. You've deon a great job landscaping such a large space.

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