Tom and Lisa Hammett: 2751 Ellett Road, Christiansburg
Nestled beside a stream, this inviting garden surrounding a 1905 farmhouse has evolved with the Hammetts' stewardship of their two-acre property. Beginning with 100 mixed daffodil bulbs, their choices of blooming shrubs, trees, and perennials, with special emphasis on native plants, have complemented the English boxwoods, old-fashioned peonies, and mature trees they inherited, including persimmon, pawpaw, yellow buckeye, and the magnificent ash that anchors the sand-grounded patio. Distinctive outbuildings, such as the folly shingled in yellow poplar-bark, seem to grow out of the landscape. Built-up beds beside the house, as well as other beds and borders featuring ferns, ramps, hellebores, goldenseal, and other plants, add color, as do vines and annuals in pots and window boxes. All elements-including a new geothermal system-work together to create this loosely structured delight.