Take a Tour of My Zen Garden
Take a Soothing Walk in My Garden
We didn't start out to create a zen garden, but it just evolved over several years of re-landscaping our yard in New Hampshire. Our cottage sits on a quarter acre with huge pines and maples surrounding it and creating a buffer between us and the other woods cottages.
Our neighbors say, "you work too hard," but for my husband and me working with plants and landscapes isn't work, it's a pleasure. Join me for a personal tour of our finished zen garden.
Of course, no garden is ever finished. I'll always make adjustments in what plants we use from one summer to the next. That keeps it fresh and fun for me.
(photo of a section of my NH garden)
Enter the Garden through the Archway
Photos of My Garden
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Pretty Spots in My Garden - It Sooths Me to Walk around Each Day Seeing My PlantsClick thumbnail to view full-size
My Tips for What to Grow in the Shade
- The Wooded Shade Garden - What to Grow
I delight in the huge trees that shade my yard in New Hampshire. It does make planting a bit tricky until you learn the right plants for a wooded area. Here are my recommendations after five years of shade gardening. Big trees give welcome, cooling..
Our Seating Area around the Fire
Just Like in My Garden - You Can Have Similar Outdoor Furnishings
Polywood means no sanding and refinishing over the years. At one time we had green ones, but now have gone with the traditional white Adirondack chairs.
They are really comfortable for lounging around the fire in the evening. A New England classic style.
Mahatma Gandhi said:
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
A Handsome Fire Pit for the Yard
Nothing is as relaxing as gazing into a fire. This is the exact fire pit that we have. When the fire is burning, the cut-out designs on the side let you see it. The cover is essential to keep sparks from eddying up from the heat of the fire. Without it, a campfire in the woods like where we are is too dangerous.
The ring around the top of the fire pit keeps you from bumping into the hot metal sides accidentally.
We get lots of compliments from visitors when we use the fire pit.
How to Make Stone Borders
- Landscaping with Stone Borders
A dry stone wall is a thing of beauty. You can scale it down to make borders for flower beds. Here are tips and techniques for making these.
Not a Traditional Zen Garden
One thinks of sand raked into interesting contours and carefully placed rocks.
I call mine a zen garden for the calming effect it has on me.
Here's Our Trellis Archway with the Clematis in Bloom
Add a Welcoming Archway to Your Garden Retreat
Grow your favorite vining plant on this arch. I grow clematis, but you might prefer roses or honeysuckle. Vinyl arches are sturdy and don't require repainting over the years.
Tour Some Other Zen Gardens - to get ideas
The Story of Our Deck
- Deck with Planters
We like our neighbors, but having some privacy on the deck is important to us too. When my husband started building a deck to hold his grill, it started out as a simple, ground-level wood deck. Before long, it evolved into a super outdoor living...
My Husband Built the Deck for This Gazebo
I'll add more photos this summer with my new plantings. I'm experimenting by adding some wildflowers for shade areas.
Take a Video Tour of a Japanese Garden
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