Christy Keyton’s passion for gardening is evident as one walks through her home’s front arbor and gate, resplendent with masses of Confederate Jasmine. Several Japanese Maple trees also grace the front garden. The courtyard and walkways, fabricated with old brick, add to the garden’s charm. Well known garden designer, Rhoda Boone, helped design the front courtyard, and Christy’s number one request was that she pack in as many hydrangeas as possible into the design. She shares my philosophy that everyone should have a garden full of hydrangeas! Many more hydrangeas have been added since the initial design. Limelights and Endless Summer varieties are the stars of her summer garden. I captured images in early May just as the Endless Summers were beginning to bloom when Christy generously gave me “cutting rights” for an arrangement I was doing. Now that the hydrangeas have faded into warm pink and green hues, there will be even more blooms for Christy’s unique floral creations.
The swing, also made by the same craftsman who designed the Keyton’s arbor and gate, is a favorite garden spot, and was the recent setting of her son’s proposal! Possibly a new Keyton tradition has been started…
The Japanese Maple foliage and Endless Summer hydrangeas provide a beautiful contrast.
Christy’s gardening style was influenced and shaped by her Mother, Dale, an avid gardener who maintains a beautiful garden today even in her 80’s! Her mother has a “very free flowing” style, and has raised hybrid roses since Christy’s childhood. Also, cited as influences are the British edition of Country Living along with Susan Branch’s blog and books. Susan’s white picket fence is the inspiration for her upcoming backyard renovation in which she plans to incorporate her own fenced garden which will be filled with herbs, perennials, fruit trees, and vegetables.
Delicate clusters of Plumbago cascade over the garden’s brick walls . . .
This towering tree-form Limelight Hydrangea is glorious!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a childhood favorite that profoundly influenced Christy’s love for gardening along with The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton which she read as an adult. Christy is captivated by the idea of wandering into a hidden place that is magical and full of beauty. These books helped inspire the front garden’s arbor and gate. Adding “secret garden rooms” in her backyard garden design is a goal that she now has in the planning stages.
A favorite vintage find: an original seed packet display is shown below.
Christy’s floral design talents are showcased below . . .
Christy updated the finish of this vintage tool caddy with milk paint. How gorgeous the blooms look against the abundant backdrop of a lush bed of Creeping Jenny!
Christy’s passion and enthusiasm lie not only in her passion for gardening. Through the years she has run a successful business, has been an advocate of homeschooling, and has taught her 8 children. Christy is an inspirational speaker, a Bible teacher, and enjoys chalk painting vintage furniture.
“Just looking at all the beauty God has created in my garden quiets my soul . . . and of course I love all the flowers I can put in my home!”
Thanks, Christy, for letting us through your garden gate!