Shelley’s Upstate New York Garden
Today we visit Shelley Haefner in Old Chatham, New York, who shares a few favorite garden photos that always help her get through the long winters in New York.
I started gardening ten years ago to make my garden “pretty”. I hardly noticed the journey I was about to start! Our home is in New York State, half of our landscape is in shade and half in full sun. I get the best of both worlds and enjoy creating interactive gardens around my home. I mainly use perennials, shrubs and small trees. My gardens have meandering borders and follow the contours of our natural landscape. Beauty was just the beginning of my journey. The garden has rewarded me with amazing experiences ever since. I love learning more about the relationships between insects and flowers, plants and soil, and people and nature every year. It is my real happy place.
My shade garden is over 40 feet long and 20 feet wide!
In the full sun garden, a panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, zones 3-8) blooms in the foreground, and a variety of coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, zones 4-8) and other perennials do the same in addition.
Another view of the sunny garden.
The day lily ‘Festivus’ (Hemerocallis ‘Festivus’, zones 3–9) is the focus in the sun garden.
The boulder on the far right was excavated during the excavation of our property. It’s an amazing part of the structure for this shade garden.
A local craftsman in the Catskills built this rustic cedar arbor for me as the entrance to my vegetable garden.
I captured this beauty on my phone and used the Live option to see it fully open its wings as it flies.
Yellow Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, Zones 5-9) highlights the foreground of this small island bed.
Hummingbird on our catnip (Nepeta × faassenii, zones 3–8).
View of the length of the shadow garden.
A tree frog rests on the hyssop “golden jubilee” (Agastache rugosa “golden jubilee”, zones 5–8).
Late summer, wrap up the flowers!
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