A Memorial Backyard in New Jersey

Hello GPODers! Whereas most gardens may actually be described as “particular” this area provides that adjective much more that means. Immediately we’re wanting on the memorial backyard that John Svinos created for his late father in New Jersey:

My backyard has been a memorial for my late dad. He was an avid gardener as was his brother and pop earlier than him. They got here from the small island Kos in Greece, the place they have been the in command of the gardens.
A lot of my crops have been my dads and got here from the island. Together with speciality jasmine, fig and lemon bushes, additionally hydrangeas and hostas beforehand from his backyard and delivered to mine.

several container plants on a pool patioA pool patio is the right spot for a summer time container backyard. Because the local weather in Greece is only a bit totally different than New Jersey, I’m positive John takes particular care to shuffle these prized crops indoors when winter blows via the Mid-Atlantic.

memorial garden bedI completely love the John included a lot enjoyable backyard artwork with the crops in his father’s memorial backyard. Fairly than create an area that’s somber and unhappy, he created one thing stuffed with life and pleasure. With the wind chimes singing with every gust of breeze, this appears like the right spot to immerse your self in good recollections.

pink bigleaf hydrangeaThis vibrant pink bigleaf hydrangea is loving its spot by the pool. Whereas many gardeners are desirous to get their hydrangea within the floor as quickly as doable, my varieties will likely be blissful in a container for a number of years.

magnolia grandiflora behind garden archSouthern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 6–10) is the clear star of this space, being completely framed by a backyard arch that appears to be wrapped in string lights. Would like to see this area illuminated at evening!

container plantings near a poolJohn’s fruit bushes mixing and mingling with potted annuals by the pool is giving his New Jersey backyard a tropical vibe.

jasmine grand duke of tuscanyA detailed up of a surprising jasmine flower, I imagine that is ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ jasmine (Jasminum sambac ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’, Zones 9–12).

close up of fig plantLastly, John’s fabulous fig. Whereas fig bushes might conjure photos of cliff-sides in Greece or rolling hills in Italy, these edibles are comparatively chilly hardy with the precise overwintering approach and might be grown in floor in most elements of the US. Essentially the most northern states can nonetheless get their fill of figs by rising a dwarf selection in a container like John’s different fruit tress above.

Thanks for sharing your backyard with us, John! What an attractive place to commemorate somebody so particular and influential.


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