Time is of the essence

Hobby garden grows to full-time passion for Centerville homeowner


The inviting deck offers the perfect perch to take in the surrounding flowerbeds. Gables were placed on the back of the house for clematis vines to grow up onto the lattice.

A cat sculpture from Austin Productions sits among petunias, coleus, Black-Eyed Susans and Silver Falls Dichondra.

A frog sculpture from Austin Productions sits next to stepping-stones surrounded by creeping Jenny. A Japanese maple and a Limelight hydrangea on a standard add color and texture to the area.

Alice DuPont Mandevilla, a shrimp plant on a standard and an Oleander tree add height to the back, while petunias and million bells add color to the front.



Planters filled with different varieties of agave, including the blue agave seen here next to the bench, are positioned around the deck.

This cozy bench tucked along the east side of the front yard features two pedestal urns filled with Crimson Parasol Mandevilla, Silver Falls Dichondra and Sky Blue petunia. A pot of Dragon Wing Pink Begonias hangs on the fence nearby.

Begonia Escargot is the perfect shade plant, featuring leaves with snail-like curling patterns.



The evergreen area on the west side of the house features a Montgomery Blue Spruce on a standard and a Weeping Norway Spruce tucked behind a container of geraniums and two hedges of boxwoods. Beds of begonias add an extra pop of color.



Black-Eyed Susan add colorful touches of green and yellow to the privacy fence along the side of the yard.

Numerous perennials and annuals including Black-Eyed Susan, Dragon Wing Begonia, hosta and hydrangea surround the arbor.



Spiral Juniper and hanging pots overflowing with Pink Dragon Wing Begonia flank the arbor leading to the back yard. Beautiful autumn clematis softens the look of the arbor.

The centerpiece of the front yard is the homeowner’s so called “donut hole”—a stone base surrounding begonias, gold barberry and boxwoods. The two upper levels include petunias, million bells, dipladenia, coleus and a tropical lantana standard tree perched at the top.

An urn planter next to the front porch is overflowing with coleus, caladium, Rex begonia and variegated English ivy. Nearby, a small statue is tucked under a Butterfly Japanese maple adorned with creeping Jenny ground cover.

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