by Connie Oswald Stofko
Visitors to the gardens of Jerry and Marie Wysocki in Hamburg delight in the abundance of plant material. But hardscapes are integral parts of the gardens, too.
Hardscapes are the constructed, non-plant features in a landscape, such as the arbor and path that lead you into the backyard.
The Wysockis shared their landscape during Open Gardens in July. When you tour garden walks and Open Gardens, try to look past the brightly colored flowers and see the other elements, such as hardscapes, that make the gardens attractive.
Is a porch part of the house or is it a hardscape in the garden? In the Wysockis’ yard, it’s a little of both because they integrated their porch into the landscape.
When the porch was added 15 years ago, it had a two-foot drop. According to the building code, it would need a railing.
The Wysockis didn’t want to add a railing, so they got rid of the two-foot drop by adding a garden. They brought in four loads of top soil and added it in front of the porch, sloping the soil away from the porch. A magnolia tree, a rose of Sharon and many perennials add privacy as well as beauty to the area.
See more views below of hardscapes in their gardens.