“Picturesque” Gardening Style

Nestled in the charming Bismarck, North Dakota ‘Cathedral Hill Historic District’ neighborhood of Avenue C, hidden behind a delightful pink stucco 1935 storybook cottage, a new garden is emerging.

Our first view of the "dog run" back yard

Our first view of the "dog run" back yard

Storybook Cottage back garden before landscaping

Storybook Cottage back garden before landscaping

Spring brings lush grass,and massive vine growth on the chain link fence, home to a billion slugs. The contents of this garden traveled in May 2009 from a showcase garden in St Paul, MN to a newly dug garden in Williston, ND.  Due to promotion of Susan’s husband Erik, they moved to Bismarck within the year. The plants were dug up yet again and potted.

Perennial plants moved from St Paul, MN to Williston, to Bismarck ND

Perennial plants moved from St Paul, MN to Williston, to Bismarck ND

Such excitement as the beds are rototilled

Such excitement as the beds are rototilled

Drainage is always a consideration during planting bed development

Drainage is always a consideration during planting bed development

The huge cottonwood tree

The huge cottonwood tree

'Cottonwood Bed' in its first growing season

'Cottonwood Bed' in its first growing season

Welcome to "Digging Dakota Gardens"

Welcome to "Digging Dakota Gardens"

2011 was the first “blooming” of these treasured, well-traveled plants.This garden is full of whimsy, color, and five planting beds over flowing with a lifetime of gardening passion.  I selected the plants, and as a self-confessed “plant Nerd”, and a perennial plant collector specializing in all things miniature, the garden is slowly emerging to suit the storybook style of the 1935 house and garage. Plants range from miniature daylilies and Hosta to extremely tall daylilies.  A huge cottonwood swooshes over a densely packed bed of rare heirloom lilies, perennials and daylilies.  A new stone raised bed with miniature plants is emerging, to be edged by a creek bed pulling winter and spring moisture away from the house toward the lower garden beds, and the thirsty cottonwood tree. More to come about those beds, and the ‘Picturesque Style’.

2 thoughts on ““Picturesque” Gardening Style

    • Yes, it is slowly coming along. This next summer will be season 2, so the plants will be settled in and enjoying some stability. I hope you are having a better plant protection winter than we are.

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