Located just a few short steps from her three shops in the small town of Markdale, Ontario, this homeowner has a commute to work that most of us would envy. Her handsome red brick house with its dramatic black shutters and gleaming white porch is just south of the town's main shopping area.
At the front of the three-story house, the raised garden beds include an assortment of tidy, mounded planting materials in a red, green and gold color palette that works perfectly with the home's brick exterior.
Annual begonias and coleus add interest throughout the gardening season and
sedum keeps the color going well into the fall.
At the back of the house, there is a wonderful mix of orange daylilies and phlox in cool shades of pink and purple.
What impressed me most about this back garden however, was the fact that the homeowner has managed to design a beautiful garden in a rather unusual space. Here are just a few of the challenges she faced in creating her garden:
1. The back garden is a long, narrow area and overlookes a parking lot of all things.
2. At the back of the yard, there was the remains of an old stone foundation.
3. The yard sloped down in varying degrees towards the parking area.
So, what did she do?
Well, she created a walkway paralleling the parking area and installed a retaining wall to border the garden. Instead of removing the old foundation, she turned the stone wall into a feature, even to the point of installing a window box on a former window casing. The old foundation also became a support for climbing vines and shrubs.
A fun, whimsical detail.
Adjacent to the seating area, the homeowner has planted a pretty mix of dark burgundy (Purple Smoke bush 'Cotinus coggygria'), pink (echinacea) and white (hydrangea).
It just goes to show you that you can do a lot, even with an unusual space.