An Artist’s Garden

Today’s photos are from Dede Lifgren.

Welcome to my garden in Brewster, New York (Zone 6a). I am an artist and garden lover. Much of my artwork centers around my garden. Or is it the other way around? Either way, I love to take full advantage of both!

My pineapple columns and some potted impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) greet visitors at the entryway.

garden full of foliage plants and a container on a pedestalIn the main garden, trickling water can be heard from the fountain as you enter the property. A cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Zones 4–8) towers over pitcher plant sculptures surrounded by hostas, iris, fern, ornamental grass, canna, and a banana tree in the rear. (The tropical plants are overwintered inside.)

garden water feature surrounded by plants and covered in mossThe fountain gathers lots of moss, which is good cover for the many frogs who gather there.

stone walkway next to garden arbor and covered in greeneryThe walkway to the back of the house is shaded by trumpet vine (Campsis radicans, Zones 4–9) growing up the house and over the arbor. All the walkways are made from concrete, hand formed like mud pies.

metal flower garden art in a hostaAlong the way, artwork invites you to stop. Here, poppies made from aluminum cans sit with some hostas and ferns.

cactus garden with cactus sculpturesSome big cactus sculptures keep real ones company. (The two on the left are real.)

garden pond covered in lily padsThis pond, dug out by hand, is home to goldfish and frogs and lots of lily pads. A pump keeps it oxygenated by recirculating water down the stream.

stone walkway leading through a garden get and surrounded by foliage plantsA walkway goes around the pond through a moongate (made from rebar and welded wire fencing) to the back garden.

shade garden with purple flowers and plant sculptures A long shaded garden borders the perimeter of the yard with many varieties of hostas, ferns, some creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia, Zones 3–9), and iris (Iris sibirica hybrid, Zones 3–8). Pitcher-plant sculptures poke through.

garden bed with a unique fern as the focal pointThis garden patch was planted last year after a tree was blown over in a storm. A potted foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus, Zones 8–10 or as an annual or houseplant) tops the column. Note that two mysterious flower spikes are hiding within the foliage. The tall pink ones in the iris leaves are made from toilet brushes. The small magenta ones at center right are made from drinking straw brushes!


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