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This is my first blog post ever! I am starting with my summer project which was to put in a woodland garden in my backyard. It was a lot of work to say the least. Designing the bed layout, halling the rocks and then the fun part ... choosing all the plants. Some worked better than others. I tried to choose native plants that would be better adjusted to the climate, need less water and survive the bugs and rodents. Unfortunately, some of my azaelas and hostas were attacked by voles and rabbits and did not survive. I tried to incorporate the natural elements to the garden design. For example I planted a Columbine in a rotting stump (It has done extremely well there). I used some fallen trees as borders and a place for my boys to play.