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Charlene’s Pennsylvania Backyard – FineGardening


Right this moment we’re within the city of North East, Pennsylvania, visiting Charlene Kerr’s backyard.

We’re situated on the south shore of Lake Erie, in northwestern Pennsylvania (regardless that the city is known as North East!). The lake supplies cooler springs and hotter falls, making it supreme for grape vineyards and cherry and apple orchards, and our gardens. We started gardening once we bought this residence, which was began in 1796. In 2005, we eliminated a 100-year-old addition, placed on a brand new addition, restored the 200-year-old portion of the house, then began rejuvenating and including to the gardens. We added native and distinctive vegetation with the assistance of Brett Maloney Landscaping.

white-flowered shrubs in front of a brick house with large porches on the frontFringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus, Zones 3–9) and an previous spirea (Spirea prunifolia, Zones 5–8) accent the two-level deck that overlooks Lake Erie.

large tree with white flowersCandytuft (Iberis sempervirens, Zones 3–8) and dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa pubescens, Zones 4–7) thrive underneath an historic apple tree and an previous fire. A pergola and patio had been added to be used with the hearth.

shrub with large purple flowers next to a garageThe indifferent storage serves as a storage shed, with a potting shed on the far aspect. It’s flanked with Rhododendron, hostas, deutzia (Deutzia gracilis, Zones 5–8), pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis, Zones 5–9), iris (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9), and a yellow wooden tree (Cladrastis kentukea, Zones 4–8).

light pink peony with dark foliageTree peonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 4–8) and Allium (decorative onion, Zones 4–10) in entrance of the previous chimney and pergola.

trees shrubs and perennials with a house behind themThe west tree row buffers the neighboring residence with a wide range of hostas, candy woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–8), ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 3–7), Cotoneaster divaricatus (Zones 4–7), doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum, Zones 4–8), weigela (Weigela florida, Zones 4–8), and a weeping false cypress tree (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Zones 4–7).

Crabapple trees in bloomCrabapple bushes (Malus sp., Zones 4–8 ) bloom in mid-Might.

A tree with dark leaves edged in pink A ‘Tricolor’ beech tree (Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’, Zones 4–7) protects ‘Johnson’s Blue’ geraniums (Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, Zones 4–8) and daisies.

A bed of flowers around a statue of a womanThe primary purple irises (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–8) bloom across the woman statue, together with hostas, the final of the daffodils, and peonies.


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