Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the barren yard of this 1935 Oklahoma City Tudor home 26 years ago when Linda Vater and her husband, Jamie, bought it. Now, it’s a kaleidoscope of bold colors, especially in spring, when about 800 tulips put on such a show that she often watches lines of cars rolling by to take them in. It’s a satisfying scene for Vater, a self-taught gardener who did all of this herself. All she knew when she moved in was that she loved the 100-year-old Shumard red oak that graces the front yard. “It’s the reason we bought the house,” she says. “Let me tell you—it’s rare to have such a big old tree in Oklahoma!” Vater’s love for that oak turned into a passion for plants, which eventually led to her role as the Garden Guru for a local TV station and a blog, potagerblog.com. See what Vater learned from her garden and what plants she used to make it a spring showstopper.
Linda Vater shares the tips she picked up when putting together her Oklahoma garden.