See how this dream garden became a reality in one year
Jordan begins to demolish the paving. "After a few stabs of the pick into asphalt, he demolished a disc in his back instead,"
Leanne says. "What followed was a trip to the emergency room, spinal cord surgery, and finally a call to a guy with a backhoe."
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Four months of physical therapy later, Jordan and a friend embark on the construction of a cedar garden shed, which takes three months to build. "Before the shed, we had to bring the mower up out of the basement every time we cut the grass," Leanne says.
To separate the garden from the busy street, Jordan designs and builds a cedar fence. The lintels on the saloon-style garden gate match the shed's extended rafters.
After building up the beds with compost and topsoil, Leanne plants a weeping katsura tree ("for its scale and beautiful leaves") and clematis ("for the lovely blooms it brings to fences and walls"). Perennials like Crocosmia, daylilies, and blanket flowers fill in around them.