I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!
 

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You know you are addicted to gardening when…
by Jason Redmon - posted 10/25/13

You know you are addicted to gardening when you are running a 1/2 marathon and you make a mental note of a garden that you want to return to after you finish the race.
    
I was taken with this formal look and snapped a few pictures to share.  My garden has slowly evolved in the last few years to include more formal notes.  Though it is not nearly this formal, I pull inspiration from these types of gardens.  Enjoy!

Love this house!!!!

I'm addicted to little boxwood hedges.  They just keep things so tidy.

Repetition helps give this garden depth.  Notice the Little Gem Magnolia in the background giving a different texture and color but repeating the pyramidial shape as the hollies up front.

To the left of the house is a number of holly trees that are coned.  They are pulled together with the front of the house by the boxwood hedge that continues around the perimeter. 

It's always great to see ways people use "old school" plants.  Monkey Grass was planted in between the street and the sidewalk.  All the while giving a different texture and color to the garden.  It is such a great low maintenance idea.


From this angle you can see how all the plants bring continuity to the garden.

Bringing a strappy plant into the mix, like these Agapanthus, help the garden from getting to boring.The structure of all the hedges are a nice back drop for the Agapanthus.   I'm sure they look awesome in the Spring when they are blooming!


Well, at least I waited until I finished the race before I went back to take pictures.  Maybe I have a chance of being a normal gardener after all.  Nah, probably not! cheeky

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Spring/Summer Garden
by Jason Redmon - posted 06/11/13

The garden has surely grown into itself this year.  I couldn't be happier with the way it is evolving.  The vision I have for the garden is starting to really show. 

 

The Street View

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are in massive bloom right now.

 

The Back Garden

 

The Parterre

 

Frost Proof Gardenia's blooming

My gardening buddy Stella

The Allee

 

I just have 1 more installation to have the garden completly connected from front to back.  Will post pictures when it is finished.  Hopefully this year. 

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