This is a photo of my backyard taken by the amazing Brenda Haas of BG Garden. She is the first person to really capture a photo of the entire backyard space at my home all at once (thanks Bren!). It is an ordinary size – the standard suburban square footage and not very large. However, it is packed with a lot of garden and a circular flagstone seating area which surrounds a tall shade tree.
Designing your garden area to suit your personality – whether it be simple or complex – is important. My personality is rather high energy, so for me, it is most important to have a comfortable place to sit and relax and contemplate. A place where the body can rest, but the eye can rove. In the distance you can see a hammock and more seating built for just that type of relaxation.
Most of the plants in my garden are relatively drought tolerant for the Midwest as I travel a lot for my speaking schedule and do not have time to coddle or baby planting beds. They either survive without water or die.