Lynda Truelove is sharing her new garden with us today.
I am an avid gardener, and we moved to our new home on a 7000-sq.-ft. unlandscaped lot a little over a year ago. I have enjoyed Fine Gardening magazine and certainly get lots of enjoyment and ideas from the lovely photos.
I thought I could share my little garden with other gardeners. We live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, which is Zone 8 and gives me lots of flexibility with choices of plants.
Pink flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) blooms over the birdbath.
Despite being only a little over a year old, the garden is already looking remarkably full and mature! A small footbridge crosses the gravel dry streambed.
The dry gravel streambed even has fish in it—elegant, blue ceramic fish that look perfect half-hidden by an ornamental grass.
As this is a new garden, there is plenty of room for the trees and shrubs to grow and fill in to their mature size, with perennials providing color and texture in between in the meantime.
A very happy-looking pig luxuriates under a hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) nearly completely covered with blooms.
These chairs provide a spot to sit and enjoy the garden, and their bright blue color means that they also serve as a beautiful focal point for this part of the garden.
The little gazebo looks like a perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee. Zonal geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–11 or as an annual) provide a blast of color in the foreground.
A final look across the little foot bridge in the garden path
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