Stitched with lime-green Scotch moss, the front path winds through a riotous mix of plants including coralbells, ?Johnson?s Blue? geranium, ?Moonbeam? coreopsis and ?Painter?s Palette? persicaria.Photos by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

When you drift out into the garden from the lower level, there is a sense of being enveloped in sensuous foliage and many secrets. Driftwood, shells and coral fetched up by the sea are tucked here and there in the garden, and Deborah planted lime-green Scotch moss to draw the eye toward two deep magenta ninebarks. ?That,? she points to an area, ?is where I wanted all my Sudbury plants.?

The Sudbury, Ont., reference is to the garden she made there when she and Rick were first married. She started modestly but was soon hooked, as was her husband. Thirteen years later, the garden was so large it took a U-Haul to get their favourite perennials and a ton of Manitoulin Island stone to their new Zone
5b property in New Brunswick.

Stitched with lime-green Scotch moss, the front path winds through a riotous mix of plants including coralbells, ?Johnson?s Blue? geranium, ?Moonbeam? coreopsis and ?Painter?s Palette? persicaria.