December 17, 2017
I’m excited to be visiting the garden of a new friend. Peter is a self-described one man landscape operation and there’s always a project or two going on. C’mon, let’s go take a look. Entering his garden I’m drawn to the size of the angel trumpet and canna. At greater than ten feet tall I really love the late season pink downward hanging angel trumpet flowers and the tall red canna behind the angel trumpet remind me of the size of many of the old timey varieties. Peter uses these plants to shelter eggplants from the hot Mississippi summer heat. Good tip! Turning left I love the small pond. Using rough stone as the side walls, the pond is surrounded by canna and papyrus and covered with lily pads. Peter’s dogs love to play in it. All of these aged pavers are actually stamped concrete which is an easy way to get that hand laid look. How about this cedar log planter planted with various coleus, resurrection fern and shamrock? This was made out of part of a cedar tree that fell on a corner of the house during a storm. One of his newest projects is this herb garden. Surrounded by the picket fence there is late season Thai basil, green and burgundy heads of radicchio and leafy giant Purple mustard. Peter’s a gardener after my own heart, and like my garden, his is always transforming it into something better. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.