Adeline Kong sent in these incredible images of her garden in British Colombia, Canada. She’s shared her garden with us before and it is wonderful to see how her garden as developed! She says that this whole area was just lawn dotted with a few trees, and she installed the new garden beds in the summer of 2015. This is what it looked like last summer, despite a very dry growing season.
We asked Adeline how she goes about designing her rich color combinations, and here’s what she said:
“I have to say, I just run by the seat of my pants when it comes to plants and color selections. I love garden hopping and I’m one of those gardeners who takes home plants with no preplan of plant placement. With 2 acres to play with, all plants are a possibility. However I do prefer bright, cheerful colors for a summer garden to mix with the preexisting trees. Most of the perennials were subdivided from the other parts of the garden and the gaps were packed in with my predictable favorites: marigolds, yellow bidens and zinnias to keep the weeds out. These were mostly from the seeds I collected from the year before. Plants placements are according to colors, plant interest, flowering period and light source. Unfortunately being the impulsive gardener I am, plants more often got placed to wherever, the end results can be a bit jarring to senses but always a happy place for me. My policy in growing a ‘dream’ garden is… if the outcome pleases you, it’s a success.”
What a great attitude to gardening! And, by dividing existing perennials and growing annuals from seeds she collects each year, this incredible display doesn’t need to break the bank either!
Learn more about collecting your own seeds or dividing perennials.
Perennials, including bright red bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zone 4 – 10), are the backbone of the garden.
Tall zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) bring color and food for butterflies to the garden.
Masses of annuals, including cheerful yellow marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) fill in any open spaces and suppress weeds.
Oh-so-fragrant flowering tobacco (Nicotana alata, annual) self-sows each year in shades of pink and white.
A shady nook looks out to the colorful garden beyond.
An unabashed riot of color!
Every garden needs a bench, a place to stop and enjoy the reward of all the hard work!
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