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Akron Garden Tour Recap 2

Recently, Lisa, Karlie and Emily had a fun rainy day going on a local garden tour that is put on by the Summit County Master Gardeners! It was such great fun and we always look forward to seeing local area gardens. To all of the gardeners on the tour- thank you for opening up your gardens for us to admire and explore. We always gather such fun ideas and are inspired. To the Master Gardeners- thank you for continuing to put on an impressive, quality tour that everyone looks forward to going on each year! Here is part two of our Akron Garden Tour recap!

Stop 4:

The home at stop four had a magnificent backyard framed with gorgeous woods, shade flower beds, and a winding trail that takes you through the landscape beds. Some beautiful plants that were found in this gardener’s beds were lamium, astilbe, european ginger, brunnera, hosta ‘Patriot’, azaleas, hydrangeas and ligularia. It’s important to remember that even if you find yourself with a yard that is all shade, you can still have a gorgeous garden full of interest, color, texture and varying heights. This garden had curved flower beds that had gravel walkways that took you up through the woods around the back of the property.

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Their patio was framed by hostas, hydrangeas and a beautiful fallopia that has wonderful color and unique leaves.

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Another awesome shade plant that if often overlooked are climbing hydrangeas. This home had a gorgeous one on their chimney that was just about to bloom.

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Stop 5:

We are disappointed to say that we missed this stop. A torrential downpour sent us into our car and onto lunch. We heard wonderful things about this garden from other tour goers.

Stop 6:

At the last stop on the tour, we were greeted by beautiful perennial beds at the front of the home and in the back, they had a gorgeous and quiet retreat! Their multi-level landscape carried the color scheme of orange, red, purple, and shades of green. This garden had a backdrop of  natural woods with a stream running below. On their deck, they planted lush container gardens that were full of annuals and perennials. SunPatiens, heuchera, streptocarpella, torenia, dragon wing begonias and reiger begonias filled her pots Boston ferns, herbs and a few geraniums were also stand outs in her containers.

She carried your eye throughout the garden by using similar colors in other annual plantings, in her unique and colorful garden furniture as well as in her garden beds that were full of perennials and shrubs in similar colors.

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Here is a view from the back of her property, looking towards her covered porch and garden shed. Her blooming hydrangeas carried your eye around the garden bed where she added unique interest with a planter that had vining torenia and heuchera planted in it!

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It is hard to capture this entire garden in one photo as the garden stretches beyond the entire length of the house. Not pictured is a beautiful round patio that is accented by ‘Winter Gem’ boxwoods that frame the entire perimeter.

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Here is another part of her deck that features more lime green furniture and fun red accents.

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Red dragon wing begonias with purple streptocarpella in a window box in front of her kitchen window.


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