From Trail to Garden
Sunlight trickles through the branches of mature trees, creating the perfect environment for shade-loving plants.
Wendy hasn't always been a gardener. But, as her children grew up, she began to tinker in the backyard. The large, steep, poison ivy-covered area offered a challenge. At first, she just wanted to carve pathways up and across the hillside so she could walk around the house for exercise.
To enhance the walking paths, she set out a few plants, and a garden was born. She says that after a few years of working with different kinds of shrubs, perennials, and annuals, the hydrangeas spoke to her, and she wanted more. Today, Wendy has more than 100 different selections. She learns about each one as it grows. It's hard for her to pick a favorite because they are all special, but she really likes 'Hamburg' and 'Veitchii' French hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla) and says they perform extremely well in her garden.