After 32 years, my garden is still a work in progress. With seven 40-50 year old oak and pecan trees, it is primarily a shade garden. I started gardening seriously about 15 years old and the “lawn” of mowed weeds keeps shrinking as the flowerbeds grow to accommodate maturing plants. My husband and I have done the stone and brickwork ourselves and the front terrace is still waiting to be filled with plants.

Homeowners:    Virginia Goodwin-Gray  

Address:  Falkirk Road

Neighborhood:  Scenic Hills

Garden Age:   32 years


  • Trees:   Oak, Pecan, Redbud, Fig, Japanese Maple
  • Shrubs:  Abelia, Azaleas, Beautyberry, Bottlebrush buckeye, Butterfly bush, Calycanthus, Cherry laurel, Cleyera, Deciduous Holly, Hydrangeas (25 varieties – arborescens, macrophylla, paniculata, quercifolia), Nandina, Lilac, Native azaleas, Virginia Sweetspire
  • Vines:  Clematis, Climbing hydrangea, Birdsfoot ivy
  • Perennials:  Ajuga, Arum italicum, Astilbe, Geraniums, Helebore, Heuchera, Hosta (numerous varieties), Peony, Purple coneflower, Sage (autumn & blue), Strawberry begonia, Wild violets, Wild ginger, Daffodils, Daylilies, Ferns (evergreen & deciduous), Iris, Monkey grass, Nippon Lily, Variegated liriope

Garden Philosophy: A view from every window with lots of flowers and contrasting foliage but minimal maintenance.


Favorite Garden Tip :If you want less maintenance, select plants suited to the location where you will plant them and whose mature size you have room for.

Please click photo to enlarge and slide.

Please LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us on Social Media