Today we visit Joyce Hannaford.

My 22 year old garden is still developing here in Natick, Massachusetts. I’ve gardened for 70 years and my parents were both avid gardeners.

The property we bought was completely overgrown so we had a blank board when we removed the runaway shrubs and trees.

We like to share our garden with friends, neighbors and the many daily passers-by who enjoy strolling through the winding paths.

A pretty impressive water feature is the focus here. On the fence behind it is a climbing hydrangea (hydrangea anomaly, Zones 4–8). Covering the ground is the seal of Solomon (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, zones 3-8), and in front of that is the yellow creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ zones 3–9) and Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum div. pictum, Zones 3–8). The foliage-focused planting lets the water feature take center stage.

Path between two garden beds full of golden plantsThe properly mowed grass path invites you to stroll and explore this garden with its lush vegetation. Golden foliage is a repeating element in this scene and helps unify the design.

wide view of the garden from the street with trees and garden archA broad view of the garden from the street shows how inviting this garden is to those who pass by.

Garden bed with summer blossomsMasses of garden phlox (phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) and towers of blue and purple delphinium (delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7) make it difficult to imagine that this garden used to consist only of herbaceous, overgrown trees and shrubs. What a magical space it has become!

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