Replanting and Replenishing

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Text by Vicki Ingham / Photography by Marcy Black Simpson and John O’hagan

The only thing Rhonda Montgomery enjoys more than tending her garden is buying new plants to put in it. That’s why spring is her favorite season. 

After 25 years, Rhonda’s garden doesn’t need much in the way of new shrubs and trees, but every year she looks forward to shopping for annuals. They’re destined for the antique iron and concrete urns that she places strategically in the landscape. Pebble paths wind among beds filled with azaleas, dogwoods, irises, Lenten roses, and hydrangeas.  Statues representing the four seasons punctuate the path, which features stepping stones made of broken pieces of china embedded in concrete.