A budding romance

An expansive garden comes to life in a riot of color every spring

Many of the plants in this back yard bloom and flourish in the spring months, so annuals take over color duties in July.

Because of their inconsistent blooming performance, this homeowner plants tulips like annuals.

This homeowner gets his daylily bulbs from his neighbor, Becky Hill, who runs a small cottage industry cultivating 85 varieties of the drought resistant blooming tuber.

Adding a little whimsy to the back yard, this scene depicts frogs sunning themselves on a rock beach.

This barn, built of salvaged stone, features a carved sandstone centerpiece, circa 1890, from a brewery in Indiana.

Dogwood blooms, seen liberally throughout this back yard, are one of the first signs of spring.

Obelisks mark the entrance into an English water garden. Unearthed from the ravine while prepping for planting, they had originally marked the entrance of the property at the street.

A magnolia tree bursting with colorful blooms serves as a gorgeous background to this water feature.

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