David Sabio has created a slice of heaven at his North Carolina home, built a on a backbone of sturdy shrubs with a dazzling icing of hardy perennials. How? In his own words:
“My wife and I bought our 1-acre home in 2001 in a little neighborhood just outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The front was all grass and the back was awesomely wooded, but a complete mess, almost impossible to walk through. I planted my first Japanese maple in the front yard, and little by little we began to remove more of the grass in favor of beds and much more interesting plants.
I consider myself a bit of a rogue gardener. I don’t follow many design rules or plan too terribly much other than what my wife and I find attractive, and certainly what Mother Nature says will or will not grow. I have transplanted so many plants for various reasons you’d think I enjoyed it as some esoteric botanical ritual. But it is a living work of art and therefore always changing. And so, before long we realized the yard was definitely more of a garden, and thus “The Yarden” was born.”
Over the years, the garden has truly become a 365 display, as there is always something performing, which makes each daily stroll always unique, and a pleasant reminder of what all our hard work has provided us.”
So, readers, his advice can be summarized as follows: no yard is “impossible”, plant what you love, don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes! Here are more images from his amazing garden.
(Japanese snowbell, Chamaecyparis pisifera, Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ —–>)