A love for conifers is what formed Lynn and Steve’s property into a private haven. A graduate of CWI’s Horticulture Technology program infused her with love for the four season color that evergreens provide.
Their backyard was a treeless area of weeds when they moved to their one acre site, and adding the conifers gave their property a sense of seclusion and privacy.
Now, years later, they can sit on their patio and enjoy the mature trees and quiet retreat. Their view from the patio is of their flowering trees in spring, a dogwood, Prairie Fire Crabapple, Summerwine ninebark and apple, pear and plum trees. Gurgling, and bubbling water features provide a sound buffer to neighborhood noises.
Their property also includes several types of berries, fruit trees, chickens and a large vegetable garden. As Lynn says, they “can live off their property”. As a busy landscaper, Lynn says she has no time to baby her plants, and so it is survival of the fittest and the plants that need tender loving care are gone!
Lynn and Steve have built their dream garden, they have a sanctuary, a secluded hideaway and a store house of bountiful fruits, vegetables and eggs.
Lynn's garden tips:
Serbian spruce (Picea omorika)
Alaskan weeping cedar
Blue False cypress van pelt
Chaste Tree - vitex agnus-castus
Gold Thread cypress Chamaecyparis ‘Aureaʼ
Weeping blue atlas cedar
Cedar of Lebanon (weeping variety)
Japanese white pine
Blue arrow juniper
Deciduous Trees and shrubs
Ivory Halo dogwood (Cornus Florida)
Rose of Sharon
Bridal Wreath Spirea
Leather leaf Viburnum
Pink Dawn Viburnum
Diablo nine bark
Summer Wine nine bark
Siberian pea shrub
Euonymus “Moon Glow”
Mock orange Syringa
Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) “Royal Purple”