Organic Mayhem

Mitch Jameson refers to the acre of ornamental plantings he and Bev Hoyt garden together as “Organic Mayhem.” I have to disagree. I do not see chaos in their beautiful gardens. Instead, I see two plant collectors/breeders who have organized their collections in a way to have beautiful displays throughout the seasons. I think to create a homogenous space when collecting is a difficult task. Some of their tricks include using ground covers to hold the variety of plantings together, making interesting combinations, and placing unusual ornamentation.


The hobby gardeners inherited good top soil when they began gardening this urban yard over 25 years ago. They have regularly amended the soil with organic matter such as leaves and compost for continual improvement. Now the soil is a loose and fluffy texture, alive with organisms essential for plant health and growth. As seen in the photo above, the rich soil can support lush plantings.

The above photo shows how the use of an array of ground covers pulls the garden together.

Interesting combinations of texture and form. are seen throughout as evidenced by this hosta and hellebore combination.

Stimulating combinations keep the garden exciting.

Mitch is rightfully proud of his pulmonaria that he has culled the best seedlings for several years.

Mitch has also culled lamium seedlings to produce the best color.

Repetition of color is always an essential design principle. I am loving how the allium repeat the color of the iris.

Iris and peony are the perfect spring combination.

This garden is a must-see spring destination!

Iris, even after several days of continuous rain and wind, stand tall. Mitch and Bev believe in choosing varieties that are proven winners.

Smoketree ‘Grace’ with a bowling ball repeating the color below to pull the area together.

Fun with heads in the garden.

There are several wood carvings interspersed throughout the area.

Mitch behind one of his treasures.

Bev in the midst of the garden.

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