Lea’s Garden

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Today we’re in New England visiting Lea’s garden.

home and garden at sunsetA pretty magical image of a beautiful garden—it looks like Lea has combined every possible shade of green to make this perfectly lush image come together.

moss grown in rings with a container in the middleThis is Lea’s “Moss Mandala,” part of a bigger garden that she calls “The Puddle Garden,” as it fills with water for up to five months of the year. Everything planted in that area can take moist soil and survive the flooding. Lea raised this area up 8 inches, but it still gets flooded. The Moss Mandala is made up of Scotch and Irish moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ and Sagina subulata, Zones 4–8), which, despite their common name, are not true mosses but rather tiny flowering plants that mimic the look of moss to create this beautiful pattern.

garden oath with hostas on one side and large shrub on the otherA beautiful grassy walk through the garden includes stepping-stones set here and there in the turf. Sinking the stones down in the ground a little makes for easy mowing.

garden full of trees and shrubs with white hydrangea in frontA diversity of trees and shrubs, many of them conifers in different colors and forms, creates a tapestry of different shades of green as the backdrop. In front, the white blooms of a panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–9) glow against the dark greens behind them.

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