Woodland Shade Gardening

Woodland shade gardening with a purpose – pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!

A Little Garden History

As of 2015, this woodland gardening adventure in Zone 8a has been going on 16 years.  Many changes have gone on through the years.

About 6 months after retirement I began to address the erosion issues on my property with walls to divert and slow the rainwater, and 3 detention pool areas. I also began amending the soil, and deciding to focus on an evergreen shrub border inside the fence.  The border is now in place, with some 30+ starter-size shrubs.

Many of my original shrub plantings were relocated to become part of the border along with the new shrubs. Doing all this myself has been much of the pleasure. This border will be deep, and have graduating layers of height when mature.  My desire is for a small patio perennial area surrounded by a shrub forest with only a few pathways through it.  I am proud to say I use everything my property gives me – good soil, challenging soil made better, rocks, falling limbs, falling leaves each fall. Everything can be improved and incorporated.  There is still much to do to keep moving toward my goals, but maybe it is not too early, in the life of my garden, to share some photos with my fellow gardeners.

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