The Deacon garden is built on 400 feet of glacial till, essentially sand and gravel, with such perfect drainage it?s always on the dry side. Deacon says he cheated a bit by bringing in good soil to make a more hospitable medium for the planting beds. Still, he looked for plants that don?t ask for much and, to his surprise and pleasure, many self-seeded into areas of pure sand and gravel. In fact, a few such as giant mullein and sea holly have been so successful at this that he has recently installed a layer of landscape cloth under the pea gravel on the main walking routes to cut down on weeding time.
Silver-foliaged plants give the garden a Mediterranean look.