Shelley’s Upstate New York Garden

Today we’re visiting with Shelley Haefner in Old Chatham, New York, who is sharing a few favorite garden photos that always help her make it through those long New York winters.

I started gardening ten years ago in an attempt to “pretty” my yard. Little did I realize the journey I was about to begin! Our home is situated in upstate New York, half of our landscape is in the shade, and the other half is in full sun. I get the best of both worlds and enjoy creating interactive gardens around my home. I use mostly perennials, shrubs, and small trees. My gardens have meandering borders and follow the contours of our natural landscape. Beauty was only the beginning of my journey. The garden has since rewarded me with amazing experiences. I love learning more every year about the relationships between insects and flowers, plants and soil, and humans and nature. It is my true happy place.

different colored hostas in a shade gardenMy shade garden is over 40 feet long and 20 feet wide!

Long full sun garden bed filled with flowersIn the full sun garden, a panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) blooms in the foreground, and a variety of coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 4–8) and other perennials do the same beyond.

flower-filled gardenAnother view of the full-sun garden.

purple daylily blooming in garden‘Festivus’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Festivus’, Zones 3–9) takes center stage in the sun garden.

a large rock set in a shade gardenThe boulder to the far right was dug up during excavation of our property. It is an amazing part of the structure for this shade garden.

rustic cedar arbor in a gardenA local artisan in the Catskills built this rustic cedar arbor for me as the entrance to my vegetable garden.

a butterfly over a flower gardenI caught this beauty on my phone and used the “Live” option to see it fully open its wings as it flew.

small garden bed with yellow hakone grassYellow hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, Zones 5–9) highlights the foreground of this small island bed.

Hummingbird on catmintHummingbird on our catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8).

shade garden full of hostasLooking down the length of the shade garden.

Tree frog on Golden Jubilee hyssopA tree frog rests on ‘Golden Jubilee’ hyssop (Agastache rugosa ‘Golden Jubilee’, Zones 5–8).

lots of colorful plants in bloomLate summer, packing the blooms in!


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