|Baskets 'n Pots|
We love this house and we love its owners' love for baskets 'n pots. It's a scene in a north Springfield, Missouri neighborhood that we're told is very keen on restoring and preserving its grand old wood frame houses. This house would date back to at least 100 years ago.
This is another home in the same preservation-minded
neighborhood as the above house. Both are located in north Springfield,
Missouri, and we thought this scene extra-inviting with the house, the
porch, and the spare but artful landscaping. By the way, the concrete
structures in the lower right corner are genuine hitching posts dating
to--good gravy--the days when folks didn't have to worry about fossil
What could be lovelier, or more homey, than this scene? It's another house, beautifully redone, in north Springfield, Missouri.
|The Bravest Robin|
The bravest robin, or simply a robin who can't read the sign to his left? This remarkable scene popped up in--believe it or not--a front yard in southwest Springfield, Missouri.
|The Art of Photography, As We Practice It|
We can often count on a human being suddenly appearing
between us and our camera target, but here it was a speeding car. Ain't
it purty? Our real target is in the next picture, for those what might
Okay, okay, it's not Ansel Adams or Annie Liebovitz. We
just liked what planting coreopsis, coneflower, and rudbeckia did for
this hydrant corner in south Springfield, Missouri. We also liked the
tilted speed limit sign, but that's just us.
|Lining 'Em Up|
We love what midwesterners are doing with streetcorners these days. This homeowner, for example, simply filled the parkway in front of his picket fence with some of his favorite plants. What do you think? Does it work?
Call us crazy, but we think this is as one of the most inviting front yards
we've ever seen. Discovered in north Springfield, Missouri, it sets a
singular note for its more natural look.
|A Different Angle|
Just a slight change in perspective on our wilder front-yard garden creates an entirely different effect.
The same property viewed head-on is no less inviting.
Spotted in a west Greene County, Missouri, garden in May, this Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) shows just how beautiful gardening with our native plants can be. Found in many states, this is the species that in spring brightens our roadsides, prairies, and open woodlands. Other species and hybrids with flower colors from pink to blue to dark purple are available from nurseries, and some even have purple foliage.
|Roses Will Do It|
As you can see, adding a few rosebushes in front beautifully transformed this home.
|A 'Jay' Daylily and a Stokes Aster|
This scene of a 'Jay'
variety daylily with a Stokes Aster appeared in a colorful
English-cottage-garden sort of mix in west Greene County, Missouri. It's
more proof that when combining colors, orange and blue are magical.
|A Big Rock Island|
We could call this one "The Big Rock Island Bed" and
love it, because this homeowner has put some real muscle into the
landscaping. Softening the rock are crepe myrtle, canna lilies,
coreopsis, and, on top of the rock, sweet potato vine.
|A Vining Wonder|
At first when we spotted this marvelous plant growing on Main Street in Willard, Missouri, we were certain it was Star Jasmine, but now we're convinced it's White Snow Clematis (Clematis recta), a very vigorous grower that in June and July yields clouds of very fragrant, vanilla-scented blossoms. We think it a wonder, and hope to have it on our own fence one day. How about you?
|The Wonder Vine Up Close|
A closer look at the White Snow Clematis in Willard reveals the starlike flower shape more clearly, as well as the density of the flower clusters. What could be better?
|Hollyhocks and Zinnias|
This cluster of color appeared in a beautiful backyard
garden in Billings, Missouri. We don't know the hollyhock varieties
here, but we'll bet the zinnias are 'State Fair,' because of their
brilliant color and height of about 4 feet.
We can't speak for others, but we were really struck by
the beautiful balance between this south central Springfield home and
|Japanese Beauty Berry|
This Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) turned up in a garden in south Springfield, Missouri, at the very peak of its fall color, with yellow foliage and clusters of lovely violet berries. Easy to grow in the Ozarks, it likes full sun to light shade and prefers moist, well drained, acid soil. It can reach 6 feet in height and width and, as you can see, makes a gorgeous specimen plant for any garden or landscape. Note: Butterflies like the flowers and birds love the berries.
It was in a southside Springfield, Missouri, garden that we spied a Nicotiana plant with flowers so pristine white that we actually said aloud, "Gee...."
As people seem to be returning increasingly to
gardening and working on their homespaces, we're seeing more and more
front yards like this one. "The secret," one gardener told us, "is to
let everything grow like crazy then tell people it's a meadow garden."
How an ornamental grass or two completely transforms the drabbest streetcorner.
|Brick 'n Crape Myrtle|
Crape myrtle and brick can be a gorgeous combination. The brick house is the same one as in the previous picture.
We're guessing this is Japanese Anemone, but we're not sure. Whatever it is, we like it. We like the bumblebee, too. Both add up another serendipitous find in south Springfield, Missouri.
We've said it before and we'll say it again--nothing brings more cheer to shady areas than this wonderful flowering shrub, Kerria Japonica, sometimes called Japanese Kerria, Japanese Rose, or Easter Rose. If memory serves, we found this one in south Springfield, Missouri.
We don't know its official name, but we spotted this
old-fashioned spirea on a lot in the country near Springfield, Missouri,
and had to take a closer look because we remembered the one our
grandmother many years ago.
|A Mind of Its Own|
Left to its own around a telephone pole with a guy
wire, here's what honeysuckle will do. A scene in north Springfield,
We love the simplicity of this scene--a fine wood fence with a bit of black-eyed Susan by the gate. We found it in central Springfield, Missouri.
|Don't You Love Old Walls?|
We do we do, and we love this one we came upon in midtown, Springfield, Missouri, a neighborhood with lots of good old structures amid the greenery.
This scene just knocked us out as an example of one gardener's amazing resourcefulness. Just imagine what this space would look like without the beautiful pergola, the raised-bed border by the picket fence, the rock-bordered island bed, and the rest. Beautiful work, we think, and a great gift to a south central Springfield, Missouri, neighborhood.
|A Smattering of Plants|
You could call it a smattering of plants, it's so few, but look what it does for this modest back yard in north Springfield, Missouri.
|A Circle of Color|
This circular flower bed we found in downtown Republic, Missouri, really caught our fancy.
|The Circle Up Close|
A closer look at the circular bed in Republic turned up a cheery mix of mums, celosia, daylilies, periwinkle, and more. We loved it. When we returned the following year, though, the bed was gone, replaced by lawn or gravel or some such. At least we have the--sniff--photos.
Okay, okay, we know t's silly, but we had to include it--the misspelled
Daylily Garden sign. It's since been corrected, but for whatever it says
about us, we actually preferred this version.
Consider how much warmth these plantings give this
house and yard in central Springfield, Missouri. No wonder they call it
|Another Bright Corner|
Another example of "Brighten the corner where you are..." thoughtfully provided by a homeowner in south Springfield, Missouri.
|Front Yard Gardening|
This front yard in a quiet neighborhood in south
central Springfield, Missouri, caught our eye as a great model of how
gorgeous a yard can be if just two sides are bordered with flowers.
|The Curbside Up Close|
Nothing fancy here. This is the curbside corner of the front yard above, showing how easy it is to get a beautiful mix with flowers commonly available from the nursery. From left to right, Portulaca (a.k.a. Moss Rose), Marigolds, Red Sage, Petunias, and more Portulaca.
|A Mailbox Garden|
Care to dress up your mailbox? You can always make it the focal point of a bed like this homeowner's in south Springfield, Missouri.
We loved this spring scene in 2016, a beautiful brick house in central Springfield with perfect orange tulips.
A surprise in a south Springfield, Missouri, neighborhood.
|A Striking Island Bed|
Island beds are inevitably wonderful additions to the landscape. This one in south Springfield, Missouri, really stopped us in our tracks. We'd never seen elephant ears and a single ornamental grass so combined. We think it works big time? How about you?
|An Even More Striking Island Bed?|
We thought we were blown away by the island bed shown above, and then we saw this one, also located in south Springfield, Missouri, and it just about took our breath. This time the Elephant Ears are combined with a magnificent, towering Castor Bean plant.