From Weeds to Wow in Three Years

From Weeds to Wow in Three Years

Today’s photos come from Janet Simmons.

I live in Plainwell, Michigan, and have attached some pictures of the gardens I have been working on since I moved into my house three years ago. When I moved in, the landscape was overgrown and nothing but weeds.

Wow. From overgrown weeds to this in just three years? This planting on a slight slope is lush and beautiful. The curving path with steps breaks up the planting and invites visitors in to explore.

Tucked in between the lush perennials is a sweet little moment of garden art.

This close-up of the pouring teapot sculpture reveals a sign showing how much this garden means to Janet.

An arbor with seats marks the edge of the lawn and the transition to the wooded area behind.

Neat edging lined with stones gives the garden beds a crisp, organized look, and annual coleus tucked in among the perennials brings extra color.

window boxWindow boxes overflowing with color. Calibrachoa (annual) mingles with an airy white euphorbia (‘Diamond Frost’ or a similar cultivar, annual), while yellow creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) tumbles down.

impatiensA huge mass of impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual) ring the base of a tree.

Crisp gravel mulch and rock edging set off vigorously growing perennials.


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