Every inch of this shotgun side garden was used to create a Serenity Garden. One enters through a custom cedar trellis upon which hangs a vintage gate, from a mid-century Memphis home, showing stylish curb appeal.  Crushed lime stone and pavers create a low maintenance “floor” to this outdoor room, adding living space to this small abode.  Corrugated tin panels create texture on the fence “wall” and decorative items add color and interest. A horse trough is used to contain bamboo that provides a living screen that is seen from inside the house. An iron door with a climbing vine leads you to the end of this calm space,  that is complete with a table and chairs to enjoy the evening and sunset.

Homeowners:    Kris Keith   Address:  Blythe Street

 Circa:     1912       Garden Age:   2 years


  • Trees:  Crepe Myrtle, Sweet Olive, Rose of Sharon
  • Shrubs: hydrangea, gardenias, nandina, button bush
  • Vines: native honeysuckle, jasmine
  • Perennials: bamboo, kimberly ferns, dianthus, irises
  • Groundcovers:  sedums, polygonum, mazus, monkey grass, liriope

Garden Philosophy:  I am a new gardener, just learning.  I love pass-a-long plants.   

Favorite Garden Tip :  Decorate your fence with art, metal pieces, plates, mirrors, and whatever else you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to experiment. 

Enjoy a Recipe from the Gardener

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