Peter and Geri’s Retirement Dream Backyard in Maine


Hello GPODers! Think about by no means having to pack up and go away the lake home after summer time trip is over. At the moment we’re within the backyard of Peter and Geri Riendeau, who made that dream a actuality. Nevertheless, after lastly settling into their retirement dream residence they constructed on a lovely lake in southern Maine, they had been nonetheless arduous at work. They spent almost a decade creating the dream backyard to match this slice of paradise.

The next are just a few pics of our backyard beds. We constructed our retirement dream residence and completely moved to Sanford Maine on Estes Lake in July 2016. During the last 8 years we created backyard beds from a clear slate after the construct. 

pink peony with diabolo ninebarkThis can be a peony that performs good with the ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’, Zones 3–7) that’s in full bloom. Within the foreground is a small evergreen that stays small in a spherical rising behavior. The yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata, Zones 4–8) is peaking up between all of it.

young red climbing roseA shiny pink climbing rose remains to be simply starting to climb over this arbor, however is already including to the dreaminess of this backyard.

rosa moonlight romanticaAnd one other rose is lending to the romantic really feel of this backyard in each appears to be like and identify. Rosa Moonlight Romantica® (Zones 5–9) has unimaginable, double blooms to die for and a candy, citrusy perfume that’s virtually as delectable because the blooms themselves.

large climbing hydrangea on wooden fenceGeri and Peter clearly love their climbers—and for good motive! This outdated, picket fence has nice character and is the proper search for a New England, lake-side residence, but it surely appears to be like significantly extra fascinating with this big, climbing hydrangea slowly taking it over.

seating area on covered porchAll subsequent to the proper spot to sit down, swing, and luxuriate in this backyard!

long garden border along fenceA border after my very own coronary heart—loads of lovely blooms, however much more sensational foliage. Significantly love the intense pink peony and ninebark that matches that planting we noticed above.

Popcorn viburnumResiding in your dream lake home in Maine means it is advisable to take into consideration backyard curiosity in additional than simply the excessive season. Flowering shrubs are an effective way to make sure a number of flowers whenever you’re outdoors essentially the most, however nonetheless loads of curiosity because the season winds down. Popcorn viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum ‘Popcorn’, Zones 4–8) is completely lined in these fabulous flower clusters come spring, however leaves a second present for fall when the foliage turns pink to purple.

garden shed surrounded by green plantsIn a dream backyard, a shed is way more than a construction for utility, it’s one other alternative to create one thing lovely. This brown shed trimmed with inexperienced is quaint, however turns into a complete scene when paired with a choir of various, inexperienced vegetation (and a clematis, yet one more climber including vertical curiosity).

view of garden and lake from raised deckOne other unimaginable seating space to chill and benefit from the surroundings that surrounds. When you may pull your eyes from the fabulous hydrangeas that line and creep onto the deck, you may catch a glimpse of the solar setting on Estes Lake within the background.

close up of coffee mug on porchThe right place to sit down and benefit from the view. Hopefully Peter and Geri are spending extra time sipping espresso and having fun with all their arduous work!

With heatwaves sweeping throughout the nation, I’d say we’re all dreaming of being lakeside in Maine all summer time. Thanks for sharing your little slice of heaven with us, Geri!


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