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A Garden in the Woods


Today we visit the garden of Cindi Jacobs, whose family has just sold their house.

This is our home in Quechee, Vermont. With a nostalgic heart and bittersweet feelings, we had to sell and sell our place after 19 years. My husband and I spent many weekends and summers in our wooded place with our two young adult children. The garden was designed with minimal maintenance and irrigation in mind by Mother Nature.

The pots are filled with hearty plants – ivy (Hedera helix, zones 5–10, depending on the variety), ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum, annually), marigolds (Tagetes erecta, annually) and annual grasses (Pennisetum glaucum, annually) – that feels at home by a split fence.

Beach roseAt the entrance to the driveway I planted a small shrub with a beach rose (Rosa rugosa, zones 3–9), which is now the backdrop for this bed with perennials in front.

Shadow gardenCrane beak (geranium) in front, yellow ligularia (Ligularia dentata, zones 4–8) behind. The gardens are mostly shady with lots of rock. Since we don’t have grass, it helped to separate each area with different “floors”. Here we used gravel, brick, stone, black mulch for the path and brown mulch in the beds.

Window boxesIn the window boxes, I repeated the themes of the marigolds, ivy, and peppers in the containers, then added coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, annual) and ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea, annual).

Garden and terraceI built this fire pit and moved the patio many years ago – and ended up going to a massage therapist after unable to turn my head. Bluestone is heavier than it looks, even when you roll it!

Winter plantersFinally, a group of winter planters on the doorstep. I used a couple of small evergreens as anchors and then added pieces of cut twigs / leaves to add color and texture as I think winter doesn’t have to be all white.

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