Living in a town house can be convenient, but it can also leave you feeling stifled creatively. Many of the homes in these types of developments are similar in make and sometimes look so much alike that you could drive past your own residence and miss it completely!

I recently assisted in designing a wide raised bed garden plot, roughly 20 feet by 20 feet, for a townhouse owner who desired a change in her rather plain front lawn area. I felt that the uninspiring appearance of this area could be improved by adding a beautiful and unique raised bed garden, filled with annuals like marigolds, ornamental grasses, lilies, and a few perennials that love the shade, such as Aureo Marginata Hosta which has gold-trimmed variegated foliage. In this design a natural mulch footpath meanders throughout the garden area to prevent the gardener from compressing the soil while tending the plants. This design gives the plants enough room to expand and makes it easy for the gardener to evaluate, enjoy and take care of each plant as they are able.

Marann Jones is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 334-6271.

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