Hire professionals for the overall design of your garden, then have fun adding to it.
That’s the advice of Chuck and Nancy LaChiusa, whose gardens at 140 Fernwood in Grand Island were on the Grand Island Garden Tour July 17. They gave us a preview the day before the walk.
Sculptures also play a large role in their landscape design. It’s an idea they got from going on garden tours. Nancy scouts out art shows and just chooses what she likes. They lean toward the unusual, such as this rendering of the food chain.
The LaChiusas are fond of water, which is why they chose to live on Grand Island, near Beaver Island State Park. They have a lap pool in their yard, and a koi pond was still under construction when we visited. They put the fountain in three years ago.
When it comes to plants, Nancy suggests using flowering shrubs. They take up space so you don’t have to plant so many annuals. Evergreens also add winter interest.
Don’t overlook ornamental grasses, Chuck added, which also add winter interest.
Chuck, who hosts a web site called Buffalo Architecture & History, notes that his gardening experience has influenced his photography. Now when he takes pictures of buildings, he’s more likely to include the surrounding landscape.