Surrounded by woods and wetland this garden is in the backyard of a new seasonal home. The intimate space consists of a small flagstone patio with fire pit and mixed planting beds with an emphasis on summer blooming plants when the garden is most used. The request for no ornamental grasses was a chance to create a loose, naturalistic planting that is not based on the common prairie or meadow plant community archetype. With a small stream running just behind the garden the wet woodland edge plant community has a mix of flowering small trees, shrubs and colorful perennials. This garden is maturing and small interventions guide the management program to have a rich mix of plants that attract and sustain birds, butterflies, and many other pollinator species throughout the season.
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