Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs writes about how he transformed his backyard from a parking lot to a spectacular rose garden, using a mix of cuttings, new plants, and of course, blood, sweat, and tears.
With a prayer and a pickax, even the most egregious eyesore on a property can be turned into something appealing.
My own rose garden, pictured here, is testament to the power of transformation. Today, fragrant flowers bloom between ribbons of boxwood, and two classical fountains gurgle where the biggest eyesore you can imagine once existed: a parking lot.
Kevin Lee Jacobs blogs at A Garden for the House. He was introduced to gardening when he was no taller than a delphinium. Today, his home in Upstate New York features formal rose gardens outdoors and lavish window gardens indoors.