Great Gardens: The Hosta Garden

Turning into a driveway west of Antigo, you see right away, it's a really nice yard! You're greeted by a couple of rows of roses. Going around the back you also see deep purple clematis decorating the side of the garage.

The man behind it is Dennis Bula. He says, "this is relaxing to just come out out here and just putz around. You're not under pressure to get anything done."

Speaking of relaxing, the water feature in the back yard does a really good job of that. That's also where colorful, potted hydrangea's really catch your eye.

But the part of the yard that Dennis seems to take most pride is nestled under some trees. It mimics a dry river bed surrounded by shade loving plants. Mostly hostas.

Dennis loves his hostas, "they're unique in how they grow. They're hardy as long as the deer don't eat them."

Among the unique hostas in Dennis' yard are the curly fry which is the hosta of the year and the praying hands.

He says you don't have to become a master gardener or even buy lots of magazines to turn your yard into a Great Garden. You just have to drive past other yards.

"Sometimes you drive by someone's yard and say that's really neat, I don't know if I ever taken a picture, but it's there in my mind, anyway,"
says Dennis.

He's been slowly building sprucing up the yard over the last 40-years. Changing it from mostly grass into the great garden it is today.

And the future? More hostas of course!


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