Monday, June 20, 2011

Gardening in a former swimming pool


Davee and Milton Kuniansky of Atlanta enjoyed their backyard pool when their children were young.  But when the pool was no longer used, the Kunianskys realized they had the potential to have a sunny garden to go with the woodland area where literally thousands of hellebores carpet the ground.

The pool was filled in, and Milton planted peonies, iris, clematis, columbine, swamp hibiscus, Byzantine gladioli, bletilla and foxgloves, just to name a few of the mostly perennials and biennials that fill the curving beds.  

In mid spring, an enormous yellow Lady Banks rose cascades from a hill overlooking the pool.  In fall, big patches of Japanese Solomon's seal turn a buttery yellow where the pool coping used to be.  In the distance, 15 foot high rhododendrons form a backdrop and in late April produce huge rose colored blooms.