This garden is not just big but a huge property for a suburban area. It is approximately two acres comprising woods, an inground pool area, patio, and expanses of lawn and border gardens.
Rudbeckia greets us as we pull up in the large circular driveway.
This is a very tall hot pink zinnia without an identification. They were planted in the spring from a flat purchased at a local nursery. I must look for this one next year!
This is the entrance to the woodland garden with many intersecting paths of flagstone.
This garden was developed over a period of thirty-five years.
There are watering stations set up in the woods where a hose can be attached. Even with the ability to water there were some trees and shrubs lost to the heat this summer.
Joe Pye Weed at the edge of the formal garden area
Beyond the woodland the landscape becomes more formal with a pool, large lawn area and perennial borders.
The Rudbeckias are everywhere on this property, just being pulled out where they are not welcome.
The last garden is on a smaller property with a wooded setback and an enticing stroll leading up to the back of the house.
Even the common hosta has survived the heat under this towering pine.
Such graceful branches
These steps lead to the home's front door. We are still on the path to the back garden.
The path and plantings create an anticipation of what's to come.
The deck is built around a wonderful pond with lush landscaping.
The pond area is very intimate and closed in, however, there is an expanse of lawn behind the landscaping.
The plastic lines are to keep large birds from fishing.
The variety was not identified, but this is one of many shrubs and grasses around the pond area.
The owner mentioned that this can be a difficult plant to grow but it is sure happy around this pond.
No matter how large or how small each of these gardens creates an atmosphere and a feeling. I love ponds, so I guess you know which one is my favorite!