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Take a Tour of My Zen Garden

Virginia enjoys her cottage in the NH woods near a lake. It's a beautiful area that attracts weekenders and summer folk.

The paths are all mulched.

The paths are all mulched.

Take a Soothing Walk in My Garden

We didn't start out to create a zen garden, but it just evolved over several years of re-landscaping our yard in New Hampshire. Our cottage sits on a quarter acre with huge pines and maples surrounding it and creating a buffer between us and the other woods cottages.

Our neighbors say, "you work too hard," but for my husband and me working with plants and landscapes isn't work, it's a pleasure. Join me for a personal tour of our finished zen garden.

Of course, no garden is ever finished. I'll always make adjustments in what plants we use from one summer to the next. That keeps it fresh and fun for me.

(photo of a section of my NH garden)

Enter the Garden through the Archway

The vinyl garden archway with planting beds on each side. This defines the entertainment area of our yard. There's the firepit and the gazebo just beyond.

The vinyl garden archway with planting beds on each side. This defines the entertainment area of our yard. There's the firepit and the gazebo just beyond.

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Photos of My Garden

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My Tips for What to Grow in the Shade

  • The Wooded Shade Garden - What to Grow
    I delight in the huge trees that shade my yard in New Hampshire. It does make planting a bit tricky until you learn the right plants for a wooded area. Here are my recommendations after five years of shade gardening. Big trees give welcome, cooling..

Our Seating Area around the Fire

This is before we moved the gazebo to the new deck.

This is before we moved the gazebo to the new deck.

Just Like in My Garden - You Can Have Similar Outdoor Furnishings

A Handsome Fire Pit for the Yard

How to Make Stone Borders

  • Landscaping with Stone Borders
    A dry stone wall is a thing of beauty. You can scale it down to make borders for flower beds. Here are tips and techniques for making these.

Here's Our Trellis Archway with the Clematis in Bloom

Two ways to enter the garden: by the side path or through the trellis. I grow clematis as it is hardy and also because my grandparents used to have it in their garden.

Two ways to enter the garden: by the side path or through the trellis. I grow clematis as it is hardy and also because my grandparents used to have it in their garden.

Add a Welcoming Archway to Your Garden Retreat

Tour Some Other Zen Gardens - to get ideas

The Story of Our Deck

  • Deck with Planters
    We like our neighbors, but having some privacy on the deck is important to us too. When my husband started building a deck to hold his grill, it started out as a simple, ground-level wood deck. Before long, it evolved into a super outdoor living...

My Husband Built the Deck for This Gazebo

Here's where we moved the gazebo to the ground-level deck my husband constructed. On one side are raised planters for additional flowers and herbs.

Here's where we moved the gazebo to the ground-level deck my husband constructed. On one side are raised planters for additional flowers and herbs.

I'll add more photos this summer with my new plantings. I'm experimenting by adding some wildflowers for shade areas.

Take a Video Tour of a Japanese Garden

© 2014 Virginia Allain

Tell Me about Your Plans for Your Garden

Karen Kolavalli from Lexington, Kentucky on September 18, 2015:

I read this with new eyes after getting to see your zen garden first-hand on my recent trip to New Hampshire. Wow!

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on October 13, 2014:

Virginia, I've always loved Zen gardens and wished I had a suitable outdoor space to create one. Your peaceful garden is simply beautiful and your photographs are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 09, 2014:

Your garden invites one to do a walking meditation. You are lucky to have this respite.

Delia on October 08, 2014:

Hi Virginia, Lovely Zen Garden ...thanks for sharing!

savateuse on September 13, 2014:

This is such a nice garden, congratulations!

norma-holt on September 10, 2014:

Hi Virginia, you have a lovely garden and great perspective on the outdoors. Its spring here in Canberra now and I am just starting to redo my beautiful patch and I think the arch is a great idea.

Karen Kolavalli from Lexington, Kentucky on July 17, 2014:

Really lovely! I had no idea you had so much going on in your garden!

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