Beautiful Home and Garden in the Shade of Large Oaks
This happy young lady is an excellent gardener, an avid wildflower enthusiast and a die-hard nature lover. She has a beaautiful home in Geneva along the Fox River. The front of the house faces west and is shaded by several large Oak trees. Lets take a look.
This small shady garden in the Southside of Chicago is a joy to experience. A small patio allows for more formal gatherings and a "hidden area" under the Plum tree near the garage provides a more secluded respite. There is a lot of diversity and interesting features comfortably fitting into a relatively small area.
This once grassy area contains many beds defined by the intersecting series of paths.
Most of the "action" in a woodland garden takes place in the spring -- see the blue clumps of woodland phlox. Summers are relatively quiet but color returns in the fall with the brilliant yellows of goldenrods and blues and whites of woodland asters.
Every single blade of grass -- front yard, parkway and backyard -- has been removed from this north side wildflower garden. The secret when having the yard so full is keeping the plants short and under control.
Glenn and Marcia beneath a large old Ohio Buckeye tree, Aesculus glabra, which is the focal point of their backyard.
The tree was severely damaged in a wind storm a few years ago and lost many branches. For the last few years we have been expanding the garden beds in this part of the yard using woodland plants because the Buckeye tree produces a deep shade. The garden in highighted by a lot of rustic garden art and features, some of which we created for them.
This small shady grove in the front of a comforatble home in Downers Grove, IL
This small grove had many native flowers, shrubs and trees present when we first arrived. But it was also weedy and filled with Japanese Honeysuckle and Buckthorn. We removed the nasty plants and reestablished many more native varieties here.
The nice bench provided Bill and Mollie a place to relax and reflect.
My intern, Monica, sits with Gerry in his backyard in late April of 2012. The yard slopes back and forms the Skokie River every time there is a heavy rain. We planted the wet area with Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis and Pussywillow, Salix discolor.
Since the trees have not leafed-out yet, the yard is sunny but will be shady soon.