“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.”~ Gertrude Jekyll
One of the things I like best about working at Evergreen Garden Center is meeting the customers. The friends I have that share my love of gardening are few and far between. The nursery provides an outlet to meet fellow gardeners and those in need of a little encouragement to becoming one. Frequently, my garden clients will come from the nursery. One such couple was Rod and Kim. I started by watering for them while they were away during the summer. I have also repotted and pruned roses for them. I noticed on my first visit there, however, that this would not be a home that needed my design rescue. They had that covered, and so I thought it would be fun to feature their lovely garden and hopefully inspire all of you to get out there and make it fun and unique and an extension of who you are.
Kim’s love of gardening developed as a hobby when her son graduated high school. She started with just three pots and eventually told Rod they were going need more. He thought people would think they were crazy if they had more than three…they now have over 50! As you enter their backyard, you are well aware that they love their outdoor space and enjoy being in it. I loved how creative Kim is with using broken pots in her container gardening. While they do have flower beds, most of their personality shows through their many containers, which also allows them to have control over soil quality and water usage.
Kim also enjoys miniature gardening and succulents. She is very creative with her space and chooses pieces that speak to her.
One of the ways Rod and Kim keep their rose garden alive and thriving is by potting them. They have quite a collection, utilizing the space on their side yard. Again, this allows them to control the soil and water needs specific to the individual plants. If you find you have areas in your own garden that just won’t grow anything, try using containers.
A big thank you to Rod and Kim for allowing me into their garden! My hope is that their story will inspire many of you to start somewhere, any where, even if it’s with just three pots. As you think and dream and plan about how you would like your garden to look, remember that planting in the ground is not your only option! Take advantage of containers and have fun trying new varieties. You just may be the next garden I feature on my blog! I was able to capture much more of Rod and Kim’s amazing yard, so enjoy the slideshow at the bottom of the post.