By Kim Charles

Cone flower with a welcomed friend

Katie Usher from Milton, Georgia has taken on an established garden with much success!

"My husband and I moved into our house a little over a year ago and were blessed with some beautiful perennials that were planted by the former owners. We really did not have the greenest of thumbs so we have relied on Fine Gardening and other online resources to learn the proper care for our new plant friends. 

Our favorites are the bearded irises and the cone flowers.  The irises are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring and are tall and showy.  My husband put the outdoor lighting around them this spring and they almost look unreal at night with the beautiful light shining on them. We get the cone flowers in late spring and throughout the summer.  Butterflies, huge bumblebees, and hummingbirds enjoy these all summer long; it looks like a swarm of beautiful flying creatures."

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Azaela in bloom

A colorful collection

Bearded iris

Roses abound!

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