Like English gardeners, Jon blends the decorative with the functional and makes no distinction between ornamental and edible plants. Cabbages join zinnias and caladiums in the front beds. A cherry tomato plant drapes the post supporting a freestanding outdoor swing in the side garden. The tomato vine turned out to be like Jack’s beanstalk—it kept growing in spite of repeated trimming, finally escaping over a hedge of holly and clambering down the hill. The secret to this prolific growth was a planting technique suggested for growing lavender in the South. Jon dug a bed 2 feet deep, filled it with about 8 inches of coarse builder’s sand, topped it with a fifty-fifty mix of pebbles and good organic soil, and finished with a layer of pebbles. The stones keep the base of the hairy stems dry and warm, and the soil amendments encourage good drainage to prevent root and stem rot.