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July 18, 2024

Garden of the Month: A world of color on Bellview

July Garden of the Month
The front of Mary Kyman's house features hydrangeas. In the days since this picture was taken, Mary has had the barberry in the right lower corner removed and a more lively plant installed. And she has had mulch put down to make the colors of the garden stand out even more. Ruth Sloan photo
July 5, 2024

Mary Kyman’s garden has evolved over the years but she always keeps it beautiful

By Ruth Sloan

A rock garden where the driveway meets the street. Lobelia adds color among the succulents. Note the dog Buddha at the top. At right, a Japanese maple beside the driveway. Ruth Sloan photos

Mary Kyman’s beautiful garden at 1160 Bellview Ave. is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for July.

Mary started gardening at the home in 2009. Her garden was on the AAUW Garden Tour in 2014 and it was gorgeous then, but she has made many changes and improvements since then. 

Mary does all the planning and design work. For many years, she did much of the physical labor as well, but she has turned over the day-to-day maintenance to Molly McConnell and her crew from Bee Kind Gardening.

Nevertheless, Mary estimates she spends about five hours a week on the garden and continues to be fully involved. 

The front garden, with a spiral seen in upper right. Ruth Sloan photo

She has to be fully conscious of deer preferences in her plant selections and placement. The back yard is not accessible to those pesky intruders. 

The back garden has raised beds visible in the background. Ruth Sloan photo

The prolific hydrangeas that line the front of the house on the west side are at the height of their glory this month. But many other plants, including rudbeckia, calla lilies, and hotlips salvia, are also in their prime right now and these are among her favorite plants.

More of the colorful back garden. Ruth Sloan photo
An enormous elm tree shades the back. Ruth Sloan photo

Both the house and the garden are art-filled. There is a spiral made of steppingstone and gravel in the front yard.

The garden in back has many fruit trees and berry plants. Raised beds harbor vegetables and herbs.

An enormous elm, with fabulous bark, shades a good portion of the patio and back garden.

Mary has kindly suggested that those pedestrians who wish to see the front yard in its entirety, since a hedge blocks much of the view, may walk up the driveway but are asked to stay on the driveway itself.

The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from April through September, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at aogardenclub@gmail.com. Check out the club’s website at ashlandorgardenclub.org for information on meeting times and places.

Mary Kyman enjoys her front garden. Ruth Sloan photo
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