yard with outdoor rooms, woodland garden with small pond
Photo: Rob Cardillo
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Shady Woodland Garden

At the property's shady far end lies the woodland garden. Ferns, hellebores, and barrenwort weave around a small pond and beneath unusual shrubs, such as a false Daphne, which sports fragrant purple blooms and slender rhododendron-like leaves. Andrew also grows several "zone-busters" here—plants that are marginally hardy in his Zone 7 garden but worth trying in a sheltered spot—including a deer-resistant 'Halley's Comet' anise tree, which has big star-shaped spring flowers.

Shown: A highlight of the woodland garden, this small pond provides a spot to grow plants that like their feet wet.
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