“This is proper gardening.”
Who knew the Garden of Eden was in New England?
Probably not, but one Redditor showed off his personal oasis, complete with a stone path and a few benches clustered around the fireplace, in the subreddit r/landscaping.
“Shade garden waiting for the rain. Southern Maine,” they wrote in the caption.
The original poster filled their lush green forest with hostas, ferns, Japanese maples, and shrubs like viburnum, cranberry, and elderberry.
The space isn’t just for humans to enjoy, as OP responded to one commenter saying, “If there’s no wildlife in your garden, you’re doing things wrong.”
A shade garden—a garden with plants that can thrive despite minimal or no sunlight—is one of many alternatives to financially and environmentally draining monoculture lawns.
Switching to a native vegetable garden can save homeowners $2,750 over 10 years, reducing costs for water, fertilizer, pest and weed control. Native plant lawns can also reduce water consumption by 1,750,000 gallons in the same period.
Furthermore, monoculture lawns require more time to maintain and fail to provide habitat for key species that pollinate plants in the area. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, and even mosquitoes help produce healthy fruits and vegetables.
Shade gardens may not be possible depending on where you live, but other potential options include rain gardens, clover, buffalo grass, and planted yards. All are low-maintenance, eco-friendly options that mutually benefit homeowners and the local ecosystem while remaining aesthetically pleasing.
Homeowners who are concerned about completely replacing their traditional lawn need not worry, as a partial conversion can reduce costs and help provide habitat for critters in the area.
It might also result in some likes from neighbors or social media — many of which the rain garden received from the original post.
“Absolutely stunning – I want my garden to look like this!” One user said.
“This is gardening done right. Great job op!” another wrote.
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