Cottage garden

Geraldine Dean in Hickory, NC

My family and I live in rural North Carolina, so I thought a cottage style/mixed border garden would blend in best with our surroundings.
I've been gardening since 1994, and have tried to create four seasons of interest in our garden.

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

1 of 30: Spring garden

2 of 30: Raised garden bed in spring.

3 of 30: Front yard

4 of 30: Path by pond

5 of 30: Pond with sitting area and firepit.

6 of 30: Right side flower garden

7 of 30: Left side of pathway at side garden

8 of 30: Lower flowerbed

9 of 30: South side view of front garden

10 of 30: Entrance into garden

11 of 30: Pathway to pond

12 of 30: Garden in front of deck

13 of 30: I placed a birdbath under the arbor

14 of 30: Close up of birdbath

15 of 30: Japanese influenced garden

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17 of 30: This is a Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira,' Lion's Head Maple that my husband fell in love with a local nursery. I went back a few weeks later and bought it as a father's day present a few years ago.

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19 of 30: These are a japanese hybrid morning glory called mt. fuji.

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22 of 30: This is my favorite shade garden. This is my attempt at having plenty of color in the shade without alot of blooms.

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25 of 30: This is a pic of one of my gardening buddies. It's a green lynx spider.

26 of 30: Some of my favorite color combinations.

27 of 30: Front yard in early Spring

28 of 30: arbor garden

29 of 30: Straight on view of arbor garden

30 of 30: closer view

Comments / Questions

Thanks Sam(Sandy). Might I add, your garden is awe inspiring to me. You also have a gorgeous home, makes three of mine !
I'd be glad to add some pics of the house, my posts need updating anyway, things have grown quite a bit since these pics were taken. I'll see if I can get some good shots tomorrow, if the sun is out.

Your gardens are absolutely beautiful.Looking at them inspires me to dig more beds.I also love Larks gardens(very lovely) You two are very talented gardeners.Gardening is my passion as I see it is also yours... Please post pics of your home,I can see a little of it in the photo's.It looks like a perfect country cottage....Our tastes are very much alike.... Sandy

Sorry iheartmovies, but the comment seemed to cut out part of my list on photo 13. Below arbor, I have phlox paniculata, red beebalm, siberian iries, dahlias, and in the back ground is salvia guarantica 'blue enigma'.

Thanks Garden Fairy, I appreciate your wonderful comment. I really like your hydrangea collection, you made some great selections, and your paver patio with seat walls is to die for !

iheartmovies, glad you liked the garden. In photo #8 I have a Spiraea 'shirobana',salvia 'fuji snow', variegated sedge, fagopyrum dibotrys variegata, heliopsis helianthoides, collarette dahlia, medallion daisy, variegated forsythia 'golden times', sophora davidii, kousa dogwood, tithonia, purple leaved caster bean plant, purple leaved oxalis, purple blooming campanula, cuphea firefly, coleus, and a pink blooming hibiscus shrub.
photo #13 vines on arbor are trumpet vine, and a wild clemati

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