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Meet Our Gardens

Knecht’s staff are plant people through and through. We love seeing pictures of your gardens, drawing inspiration from your awesome plant choices, and helping you create beautiful outdoor spaces. Gardeners are so good at sharing the joy of plants! In that spirit, we thought it might be fun to share a slice of our own gardens with you. 

Jim’s Garden

Garden style: Useful plantings. I like having less area to mow and maintain. My two rain gardens deal with most of the water that comes off of the house and manage water on site. 

dwarf bush honeysuckle tractor
The bronze accents in the dwarf bush honeysuckle complement an old tractor.

Approach to pest control: I practice crop rotation to control pests in my vegetable garden and occasionally spray for weeds. The rest of the yard is on its own.

A swamp white oak in the back, Gro Low fragrant sumac on the hillside, and Jim’s favorite retaining wall.

Do you grow food? I grow potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and occasionally other vines like melons. 

Sorbaria and sumac look great and effectively control runoff and erosion on a steep hill in the backyard.
Local wildlife enjoying the retaining wall/throne.

Bernie’s Garden

Garden style: I like low maintenance plants because I don’t have a lot of time to take care of my gardens. My gardens are planted densely to crowd out the weeds, which saves me time. I love filling out my perennial beds with annuals and containers.

hostas with turtlehead and coral bells
A luscious bed of hostas, turtlehead, and coral bells with annuals tucked in.

Approach to pest control:  Survival of the fittest.

cannas and petunias
The yellow cannas contrast beautifully with purple petunias.

Do you grow food? Yes! I have a huge veggie garden. Broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, and lots of potatoes, tomatoes, and onions.  

White Swan coneflower
Bernie’s garden is a place to stop and smell the coneflowers.

Tracy’s Garden

Gardening style: Right plant, right place. There are plenty of plants that I love, but I like to choose plants that will be happy in my yard because it makes my job easier. I love planting in masses because it makes a bigger impact and looks cleaner. 

Renaissance spirea
Bridal wreath spirea making quite an impact in spring.

Approach to pest control: Proper cultural care is my best defense against pests and diseases. Healthy plants hold up better against pests and diseases.  I very occasionally treat if I fear for the health of the plant.  Again, right plant, right place.

Echinacea and Phlox
Coneflowers, phlox, and daylilies looking fabulous with the planted wheelbarrow.

Do you grow food? Absolutely! I love garden fresh vegetables! I grow everything in rusty old water troughs. My staples include beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and I shake up the squash every year. I also grow snap peas that are eaten mostly by the dog!

Hydrangeas with phlox and sedum
Can you spot the local wildlife enjoying the gorgeous hydrangeas on a beautiful evening?

Taylor’s Garden

Garden style: My wife and I picked plants that we love and that remind us of our time spent in prairies during our college years. We wanted to have our own little ecosystem to enjoy and welcome wildlife into our everyday life. We just had a baby and our yard will be an awesome nearby nature for him to explore as he grows up!

Switch grass under a crab tree.

Approach to pest control: None other than a beetle bag.

The pond is complete with goldfish and hosts a duck family.

Do you grow food? We don’t grow very many vegetables ourselves but we do steal them from friends.

The diverse plantings include echinacea, ratibida, heliopsis, golden alexander, several milkweeds, rattlesnake master, beebalm, big bluestem grass, and many more.

Simone’s Garden

Garden style: More is more. I’m working on creating a space that is cottage garden beautiful for me and that supports a variety of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife at the same time. I’ve taken out a lot of lawn and I’m about half done. It has been amazing to watch the wildlife move in over the last several years. 

Salvia with geraniums and sedum
This dry bed is packed with salvia, agastache, Russian sage, geranium, sedum, allium, and pollinators.

Approach to pest control: Let nature sort it out. Attract beneficials with diverse plantings and minimal fall cleanup. Choose resistant plants. Handpick pests like Japanese beetles and cabbage worms.

Coneflowers, herbs, and sedum line the path with heliopsis and veronica in the back

Do you grow food? Yes! I have a veggie garden that doesn’t get quite enough sun but still grows awesome kohlrabi, beans, carrots, and greens and some passable tomatoes and peppers.

Persicaria and delphinium
Persicaria and delphinium blooming together in early summer.
Local wildlife finding respite in the garden.




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