Readers told me they wanted MORE PICTURES when I wrote about Peter and Betty Peck’s Walmart-inspired garden in the Tampa Bay Times last month. Peter manages Walmart’s No.1 Florida store in Bloomingdale, Fla.; Betty works for a company that supplies Walmart with books and music. Can you say merchandising? These two have the market cornered when it comes to arranging for visual impact.
The green-cream-red plant in the foreground is Stromanthe sanguinea‘Triostar’, a super plant for adding color to shady situations. The lower growing flowers are impatiens and, on the two trellises, bougainvillea. If you can find at least a half-day of sun in your shady garden, bougainvilleas will reward you with lots of color. (They’re a Peck favorite.)
“Goose,” left, is among the many old statues Peter and Betty inherited from Betty’s parents’ and grandparents’ decades-old gardens in Plant City.
Peter bought the pavers, above right, from a local stone-supply store and dug up the 120-by-4 feet of paths himself. He paid for the hands-and-knees work — strong work ethic has its limits! … I yearn for the day I can add paths like these.
Peter admits Dumpster-diving (when pressed) for this beautiful old wooden Adirondack chair that someone left in a bin outside his Walmart. Pots of impatiens and other plants create a beautiful vignette beneath a shade tree.
Peter and Betty Peck not only have loads of color in a garden shaded by oaks, they have colorful personality. That’s retailer-meets-gardener.