United States of America, Kansas, Johnson County, Mission Hills
The Rainbow Garden (Mission Hills, Kansas)
This garden was designed and planted between 1996 and 1998. All of the planting areas are narrow in width, providing easy access for maintenance. The materials are hardy for Zone 5 and many are native to western Missouri and eastern Kansas. The color scheme ranges from orange, coral, yellow and blue on the south to coral, pink, magenta, lavender and blue on the west and then on to pink, purple, and lavender with small splashes of orange and pale yellow on the north. The garden plan focuses on providing continual interest throughout spring, summer, and fall. A dry stream along the west property line is a natural conduit during spring and fall rains and provides a setting for perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and small trees. Annuals and herbs are found throughout the garden and in pots near the kitchen door. On the south side, an English garden illusion is created by the subtle colors of mid- to late spring, while the north gate is highlighted by a fragrant fringe tree. The back garden is at its colorful peak in June and July, while fall is particularly beautiful with large clumps of blue asters attracting hundreds of Monarch butterflies. Oaks, Japanese maples, curly willow, and sour gum display color until mid-November, while winter interest is presented by the conifers and semi-evergreen perennials. Berries and feeders attract birds to the winter garden until the yearly cycle of growth begins anew.
Persons associated with the garden include: Craig Chelberg (former owner, 1991-1996); and Elizabeth K. Goodwin (landscape designer, 1996).
The folder includes a worksheet, a detailed description of the garden, garden plans, and a plant list.