Down to Earth

A husband and wife horticulturists have transformer their small yard into a garden oasis using a lifetime of plant knowledge and a heavy dose of TLC. Their plan for the garden was to use every square foot. With 55 varieties of day-lilies and 46 of hydrangeas combine with a sea of other ornamental plants. Trees that edge curving paths, cast shade on patch-worked stone walkways, climb over trellises and spread out in lovely espaliered patterns on the weathered shingles of a shed.

By Janice Randall Rohlf and Photography By Betty Wiley
Climbing hydrangeas drape the archway entrance to the shade garden.
The back porch with a pergola and grapevine for shade is the perfect spot.
A magnolia tree under-planted with coleus “Big Blonde” and Japanese forest grass “All Gold”.
A mixed planting of hydrangea “Firelight”, phlox “Blue Paradise” and crocosmia “Lucifer”.
Winding paths beckon visitors to explore deeper into the garden.
At the entrance, hints to the surprises that lie beyond.
Native Canada Lily

Every year the couple participates in the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. The public is invited into their garden and others for a look around. For more information on the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival visit

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