secret garden on urban plot dry garden bed with broken pots in soil, perennial flowers, pink friesland salvia, dianthus, white sun daisy
Photo: Dale Horchner
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Colorful Character

Holly says that she herself is shy, so she tends not to join the conversation. But she does love to sit on a wood bench at the very back of the yard, alongside the brick path. The sidewalk is just a few feet away, on the other side of a clematis-and-rose-covered arbor, so she can listen in as people walk by. "They can't see me sitting there, but I can hear them talk about the garden," she says. "They'll say, 'Oh, look at this,' and 'Can you believe that?'" Holly finds it deeply satisfying to hear how they appreciate what she's accomplished even when they don't need to be polite. "I've also discovered that there is no stopping avid gardeners," she adds. "They won't be deterred from coming on in—and that's all right with me."

Shown: Most of the dry garden beds feature broken pots buried in the soil that suggest an urn with water spilling out. Instead, drifts of brilliant perennial flowers flow from them. Here, 'Pink Friesland' salvia, hot-pink dianthus, and 'Avalanche' white sun daisy.
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