Balancing Your Garden

By Cindi Sullivan

(AUGUST 6th, 2003) -- When planning your garden, you must consider the amount of sunlight and shade particular areas gets during the day. Cindi Sullivan has some tips for getting the right plants in the right places.

Mary Zirnheld's garden was designed with such growing conditions in mind. The shady areas are filled with plants that need less sunlight, while the sunny spaces include a water garden with Japanese maples and beds of collectible daylilies.

Virtually every corner of the garden is utilized with garden plants and garden sculptures.

An important lesson to learn from Mary Zirnheld is to view every aspect of your garden as an opportunity. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Mary's garden is its history. At one point, an in-ground swimming pool occupied the spot where the garden now lives.