In 1992, we moved into our
home which had a lot framed with 7 beautiful maple trees. The
1906 Colonial Revival home was grand but definitely lacked any
landscaping. The large buckeye tree in the backyard, a clump
of burgundy daylilies, and an old fashioned spirea bush were the
only existing bits of the past after 86 years.
We moved our home
furnishings, a 12 foot gazebo, and 3 pick-up loads of perennials
that we had collected to their new location. After placing the
gazebo in the backyard, we unveiled a cement edging that had been
the original curb for the carriage house. Our perennials were
placed around the gazebo and our gardens began to evolve.
Over the years, Byron and I have enjoyed collecting, planting, digging,
separating. lifting, watering, and nurturing our gardens. As
of this year, we have over 50 species of perennials, 100 different
hybrid daylilies, 107 varieties of hosta, 7 grafted ornamental
trees, and yes its true - 250 plants of coralbells.
Each year we
plant over 700 annuals to provide constant color throughout the
summer to complement the perennials. Our color scheme has
always been shades of pink and purple with an accent of soft yellow.