pots hold clipped boxwood and Calathea triostar at yard entry
Photo: Mark Lohman
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Lesson 8: Plant for All Seasons

Though this won't literally enlarge your garden, it will expand your experience of it. Just as fountains contribute the dimension of sound, the colors of maple leaves, tulip bulbs, and roses heighten our awareness of nature and the greater world we and our landscapes belong to. Eagleton's garden puts on a show throughout the year, from spring crocuses and forsythias to summer hydrangeas, daylilies, and phlox and on through early-fall Japanese anemones and blooming witch hazel in late November. Even in the dead of winter, the garden maintains its strong evergreen structure—mainly yews, boxwoods, and spruces—while the potting shed gives him a jump on starting new perennials in winter for the promise of spring ahead.

Shown: A group of pots holding clipped boxwood and Calathea triostar mark the arrival zone.
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