Home and Garden

Paul and Heather’s Indiana Garden


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.

Do you have a garden that you want to share?

Do you have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a specific collection of plants that you love, or a beautiful garden that you got to visit!

Submit 5-10 photos to for submission [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you have learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos to the GPOD email box in separate emails, that’s fine.

Do you have a cell phone? Tag your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

You don’t have to be a professional garden photographer – read our garden photography tips!

Have you already received the GPOD by email? Login here.

Receive our latest tips, how-to articles, and how-to videos sent to your inbox.



Robert Dunfee