A Beautiful Garden, Part Two


It continues to be cold, wet, and overcast in southeastern Pennsylvania, so I thought photos of a beautiful garden in its May glory would be welcome.  Michael and I visited the garden, which is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, US, on May 23, 2017, for an event sponsored by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  In a previous post, The Elements of a Beautiful Garden, I wrote about eight important concepts that work together to create a beautiful garden.  This garden, which was lovingly designed and maintained by the homeowners, contains all those elements.

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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

The front garden has lovely lines.


I highly recommend that you read my previous post by clicking here.  Each element is explained in more detail with accompanying photos.  However, here is a list of the elements to think about as you view this glorious May garden:

  • A Good Design
  • Lots of Plants
  • Lots of the Same Plants
  • Attention to Detail
  • Trial and Error
  • Use of Hardscape
  • Garden Ornaments and Containers
  • Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance


Chinese ginger and ‘Golden Tiara’ hosta, contrasting colors and complimentary shapes.  Every plant in the garden was healthy and robust.

.The walls of the house were an important part of the garden.


Color was used sparingly and really stood out from the luxurious green backgrounds.


The garden was divided into charming garden rooms.  The rose-covered archway led to steps down to the pool, just visible in the upper right of the photo.



Healthy, well-maintained boxwoods made a great edge and provided continuity from one garden “room” to the next.


Containers were used very artistically, not too many and just the right scale.




The birdhouse was a focal point from many areas of the garden.


Hillside above the pool.


This path led from the pool area, through the gate, and around to the main lawn area—simple and elegant.

The back terrace has a sweeping view down to the woods below.


The view from the back terrace.

.The entire lawn area was edged with native ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas backed by mature shrub specimens like this lilac.


View of the terrace from the lawn area.

This garden inspired me to focus on the elements of my own garden, and I hope you too will find it inspirational!



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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b/7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

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8 Responses to “A Beautiful Garden, Part Two”

  1. Darla Anderson Says:

    So lovely…makes me yearn for spring. I guess all this rain is good, but I’d rather see snow. Living forward to a week at our second home in Emerald Isle beginning this Sunday. Temps are supposed to be in the 60’s!

  2. Every photo simply beautiful, thank you! In the very first photo, do you know the tall shrub in the upper left….golden foliage?

  3. I’m so amazed at what they do with texture in the garden. So lush! What a beautiful shade garden! Their use of greens in various shapes and textures is so striking.

  4. We grow rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias because they happen to suit our partly shaded area in the redwoods. They are surprisingly popular here, even though they are not so happy in much of California. For a while, we grew mountain laurel, the state flower of Pennsylvania.

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