Ross Garden

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

Homeowner Laura Ross was ready to garden.   Having spent most of her adult life moving about, when Laura and her husband Martin settled into their current home Laura knew two things:  she did not want to mow and she wanted a garden.  Fortunately for Laura her goals were compatible.  For twelve years Laura has been replacing the grass around her home with diverse and colorful plant beds. The conversion started with the shaded area under a large maple tree and a philosophy that “if it grows it stays.” Other beds soon followed.  Each spring, neighbors are greeted with a vast array of daffodils, giant crocus, Siberian squill, winter wolf bane, bluebells, tulips and hyacinths.  Raised beds support strawberries  and herbs.   Children delight in the “smiley face” – early spring crocus – that grace the side garden.  A stone retaining wall covered in vinca provides flood control, and unique bird bath and yard art welcome visitors to the front door. Stone pathways lead through specialty beds filled with prized daylilies with names like Miss Piggy, Ducks Dark Side and Red Kangaroo! There is also an “older than dirt” patch with cultivars that were started before Laura was born.  For those seeking inspiration on what to do with the curbside strips (referred to by some as hell strips!) Laura has native plants and shrubs that require little maintenance.  This garden is constantly evolving and expanding, although Laura does admit, “you cannot expand faster than you can spend.” 

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

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