150 Shades of Green
Stone, turf & moss walks guide through progressively “wilder” and shadier gardens tied together by uniform hardscaping materials (Nottaway Arkansas fieldstone & reclaimed brick), and boxwood. Cottage-style mixed borders & hedges face the neighborhood, while stone terraces behind the house lead the way to woodland gardens built under mature hardwood trees on either side of a former buggy lane.
Homeowners: Andy Williams & John Morris
Address: Normandy Park
Neighborhood: East Memphis
Garden Age: 15 years
- Trees: Magnolias (big-leaf, southern, bay & star), Chinese fringe tree, oaks, maples & elms
- Shrubs: Boxwood, hydrangeas, buckeyes, laurels, Fothergila, Clethera, Ocala anise, holly
- Vines: Crossvine, Virginia creeper (used as groundcover)
- Perennials: false indigo, coneflower, showy primrose, sea holly, leadwort, barrenwort, ginger, houttuynia, ginger, columbine, phlox, ferns, hostas, moss
- Annuals: Cleome, snapdragons
Garden Philosophy: Designing garden plant communities is a hybrid of ecology & horticulture which takes into account the unique features of the space, and the effects of time. Gardening is a series of decisions made throughout the life of a planting.
Favorite Garden Tip : Don’t go through undue effort to make soil richer, eliminate shade, or irrigate (or drain). Instead, embrace plants that tolerate & thrive in your garden conditions.