A Garden Around a 280-Year-Old Home


Hello, Fine Gardening. It’s Jojo again (Jojo’s Lancaster Garden), and do I have a phenomenal flower tour for you! The apple does not fall far from the tree. I learned everything from my spectacular, beautiful mother. She is masterful in everything she does, including flower gardening. She is a skilled decorator, flower gardener, candlemaker, and primitive antique dealer. She is as whimsical as her flower gardens, as topiaries are her absolute favorite. Everything she touches turns to gold.

Two women sitting in a room filled with antique tools and a large fireplaceThe two of us on Mother’s Day. It was the perfect day for a fire to keep us warm from the damp, cold rain.

An old log-cabin-style house in a green gardenMy mother’s house, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was built in 1740.

Small topiary plants growing in pots on a wooden tableMy mother loves topiary gardens. She is a true container gardener. These are her rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus, Zones 7–10) and lavender (Lavandula stoechas, Zones 7–10) topiaries. She also has several gorgeous lemon cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’, Zones 7–10) topiaries.

Planter in the shape of faces filled with flowersFull of whimsy, my mother loves head planters and knows just what to plant in them to make them look alive.

Assorted pots filled with flowersIt’s a magical retreat whenever we visit.

View of a garden with many ball-shaped topiaries in potsMany topiaries dot the landscape.

A rustic table on a porchIt’s so lovely to sit here and have lunch. The overhead fan is glorious.

View of a garden past a large hanging fernThe ferns are always the stars of the show.

A silver-leaved fine trailing out of a head-shaped planter with other potted plantsI think the Dicondra ‘Silver Falls’ (Zones 8–10 or as an annual) looks stunning spilling over this head planter. My mother definitely keeps this entire space reminiscent of the 1740s.

A small fig beginning to developThe fig tree (Ficus carica, Zones 7–10) is showing glorious signs of life. I cannot wait to taste these fruits.

A large metal tub filled with herb plantsThis primitive tub is now an herb garden.

A small log cabin on a grassy hillsideThe summer kitchen is cozy and dreamy. It was once my mother’s shop.

View of a patio and garden with many pots filled with plantsOne last view of this magical garden space.

 

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