AUGUST GARDEN -- When Sue and Tom Leonard moved into town in 1993 they purchased a corner lot at 1806 Broadway. The yard has become a show place that passers-by enjoy. Sue started gardening after the planters were built on the front of the house. They are filled with a variety of perennials and Sue adds annuals to provide color for the season. Sue is an early morning gardener. Every year, her plants get a different home. She moves plants from place to place until they thrive in a permanent spot. Her favorite plant is the Miscanthus grass at left in the photo. By fall, the plumes from this grass will reach the eaves of the house and remain through the winter. In addition, there are Festuca Elijahs Blue grasses, Hydrangea Incrediball bushes, Aquilegia (blue and white), Salvia (blue hill), Coreopsis and Echinacea. Hosta and azalea, potted ferns and other annuals can be found around the yard. Two Lime Light Hydrangea trees are in pots this summer, but will planted in the yard by fall. This year, Sue planted glads for the first time and they bloom behind the white corner fence. Trees on the property range from sugar maple to birch and a burning bush tree that gets firely red in the fall. There are also a dwarf pine tree and a weeping spruce. Tom gets involved in transplanting and hauling mulch. This year, Sue has planted a red and blue theme in her gardens.
--Jane Whitmore photo