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Paul and Heather’s Indiana Garden

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Paul and Heather Shelley share their garden with us today.

We started gardening in earnest here over a decade ago. In the beginning our corner lot was nothing but dirt because we bought a newly built house in northern Indiana (Goshen).

We started with large structural plants, trees and shrubs to protect privacy around the yard and are now in the process of moving to a shaded yard as the trees have matured over the past 22 years.

Hard to imagine that this started out as a completely empty set! Planting trees and shrubs is always a great way to start a new garden and create a nice space as they mature.

Bushes and trees in a spring gardenThe large shrub on the right looks like a spotted willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, Zones 5–7) that has showy pink-white variegated new growth that is so variegated it almost looks like as if it were in bloom.

Garden seating area hidden by plantsCareful planting of shrubs has created a lot of privacy in the garden, and there is a lovely little sitting area hidden in the middle of the greenery.

Catnip plantCatnip (Nepeta × faassenii, zones 3–8) is a large, long-flowering perennial that forms small blue clouds of flowers in summer and is resistant to both deer and rabbits. The name “catnip” comes from the plant’s close relationship with catnip (Nepeta cataria, zones 3–9), which is known for its intoxicating appeal to cats. Catnip has more showy flowers and won’t attract every stray cat in your neighborhood.

Shrubs in different shades of greenA diverse selection of shrubs, many of which are evergreen, form a strong backbone for this garden, making it look great every day of the year.

bright, clean lawn with shady garden bedsClear lawns form a neat border to the increasingly shady garden beds.

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