Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows how he created a shade garden and a bit of woodland reverie in his garden, complete with an outdoor "dining room," and edged with three seasons of flowering plants.
Four years ago, my woodland garden was not a garden at all. It was a jungle of wild sumac, aggressive vines, and thorny brambles. You couldn’t pass through the area without the aid of a machete and a can of bug spray.
In this slide show, I’ll show you how clearings were made, how paths were constructed to create a sense of mystery in the garden, and how the addition of a gurgling pond, comfortable seating, and colorful woodland plants (with suggestions for specific varieties) all contribute to making this former eyesore a wonderful and shady retreat. (And if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll even show you my “Secret Garden,” which is hidden within the woodland one.)
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.