Now, 22 years later, they’re still there and the garden has grown to fill all of the available space. Although homeowner associations can be strict about landscaping, Lucy’s allowed her considerable freedom—within limits. “I can’t go outside my envelope,” she says, “but I’m on the board, and I’ve turned a lot of people in the community into gardeners, too,” both by example and by sharing plants. She started by replacing most of the grass with plant beds. At the front of the house, a flowering crabapple and an antique urn anchor a bed filled with hosta, azaleas, and Lamium maculatum, a frothy flowering groundcover.