Through the pandemic, I’ve been having a lot of fun making “virtual garden tours,” using a new film editing program that’s powerful yet intuitive enough for even ME – a drop-out from more programs than I care to list.
There have been seven Virtual Summer Garden Tours so far and this next one – of my very own front garden! – was the most fun for me. Instead of a tour per se, it’s the story of the recent transformation of my front yard and home exterior in Old Greenbelt.
Scroll down for the description on YouTube.
When I bought the house in late 2011 there was just turfgrass and a few sad-looking shrubs. I removed all that and had the flagstone patio installed right away.
Great example of the ‘International Style,’ a modernist style rarely seen in the U.S. but iconic to Greenbelt. With the old siding removed and the concrete block façade repaired, the unit is fully restored – except for the original color, which was white. (NOT gonna have it!) It was built in 1937 in Historic Greenbelt, Maryland – a New Deal project.
For privacy and screening of bad views, hedges are encouraged by co-op rules, but failed here on several counts. The preferred solution – training vines on trellis instead of wires – is prohibited by the co-op.
Saved-from-the-landfill tin can art by Mrs. Brown’s Blooms from a small town in the Australian Outback.
Plants Seen in Video
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’)
Purple Hyacinth Bean (photo with blooms via SwallowtailGardenSeeds.com)
Boxwood ‘Winter Gem’
Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’
Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’
Nandina ‘Burgundy Wine’
Carex ‘Ice Dance’
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’)
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’)
Wood Aster (Aster divaricata)
Little Blue Stem ‘The Blues’
Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’
Japanese Carex unknown variety
Annuals in Pots
Sweet Potato Vine
Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose’