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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Tim's side garden in Ohio, revisited

comments (23) May 28th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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The heuchera around the limestone sphere are, clockwise from upper left: Heucherella Sweet Tea, Heuchera Caramel, H. Dales Strain, H. Dolce Licorice, H. Marmalade, and H. Snow Angel. Snow Angel and Sweet Tea have rocks around them because they are new and it keeps the squirrels from digging them up.
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The Heuchera in this photo is Blackberry Jam. There is also a runner from a clump of Asclepias syriacus, three feet away and across the sidewalk from the mother clump. Last year the mother clump was over 7 feet tall and the flower fragrance was wonderful. No monarch caterpillars last year, but Im hoping that there will be some this year. The pulmonaria is Majeste. 
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Cypripedium Sabine is a Frosch hybrid splurge from last fall. Ive killed more ladyslipper orchids than I care to admit, so Im hoping this hybrid has some vigor.
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This Gentiana angustifolia cultivar is blooming for the first time in 5 years. It is a much richer, cobalt blue than the true-blue cultivar Ive shared before.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Today's photos are from Tim Vojt in Columbus, Ohio. We've visited Vojt's garden before (HERE & HERE), and I've even visited it in person (HERE)! Today he's sharing current photos from his side garden. He says, "My side yard, on the west side of the house, is pretty much at its freshest. The heucheras are full mounds of fresh foliage and the hostas are filling out. I've included a couple of photos of some other treasures, too." I LOVE this little space, Tim! Thanks for the update.

***I'm getting so many great submissions, but I can always use more! Dig out your cameras, take a big long walk around your garden, and SEND ME PHOTOS! I love having more than I could possibly process to choose from. Thanks!!***

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Comments (23)

Gerard_Wee writes: My family and I never had much luck with planting, it's like every plant we touch gets poisoned by us...
The longest living plant we've ever grown was for 10 years and it has only bear fruit once, anything else during and after that just dies within 3-6months.

Hopefully, with some help from here i can learn a thing or two about actually keeping the plants alive.

We're asian and living in South East Asia so we only "try" to grow plants indigenous to this part of the world. Posted: 9:46 am on June 16th
Chefin1950 writes: I'm a little late with this, but I just wanted to let Tim know that I have 3 of Frosch's Lady Slipper orchids (Hank Small) planted in my garden that have bloomed for about 6 years now, and another that doesn't do very well. The main thing I thing is keeping them well watered and not letting the roots of anything else get in their way. Lovely side border! Posted: 4:37 am on May 29th
JaneEliz writes: Tim. you've got some lovely treasures in your garden. I especially love your lady slipper -have never seen that kind.Your blue gentian is gorgeous and your heuchera combination is wonderful. Posted: 9:33 pm on May 28th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: I'll be looking up those heucherella for sure! My wife hates the A. Syriaca but I find it statuesque. I have some new A. speciosa and A. incarnata i am trying out, as well as tuberosa. So far tuberosa has simply turned out to be aphid colonies for me! Thanks! Posted: 4:17 pm on May 28th
GrnThum writes: Hang in there with the Asclepias syriaca (which looks so fresh and lovely in that picture...just wait for a couple more weeks and you have to stake it up)...and hopefully you will get some Monarchs stopping by for an egg-lay. A better-behaved plant for your immaculate garden would be Asclepias tuberosa. Smaller, compact, orange flowers and a pollinators paradise - and the Monarchs seem to like them just as much as syriaca (what I call junk milkweed). I have several kinds of Asclepias in my garden and like the tuberosa best of all because of its good manners. Very hard to get going from seed - had to germinate in damp paper towels, but it's worth the wait and hassle. Posted: 3:02 pm on May 28th
cwheat000 writes: Tim, love it all as always. My favorite today is the heuchera collection. I have the addiction too. If I can be the drug pusher, I would like to suggest, Huecherella 'Gunsmoke' and 'Brass Lanterns',( if you haven't already tried them). The lady slipper is to die for also. Posted: 2:37 pm on May 28th
arthurb3 writes: Usually, I do not like straight lines in a garden. The exception would be walkways and brick paths! Posted: 12:35 pm on May 28th
Schatzi writes: Gorgeous, Tim. I also have a thing for Heucheras. and gentians. and lady slipper orchids. I grew up in NYS with the native lady slippers and I have always wanted to grow some in my garden, but at the price, I hesitate to take the risk. Brave you! Good luck with it. I live in western WA in the temperate jungle, where almost everything grows...rampantly. That is both good and bad. I seem to spend my life weeding and fighting the woods back. But my flowers are beautiful! Couldn't live without them.
Love your garden. Posted: 11:50 am on May 28th
farmerfanny writes: I also love the colbalt blue flower. Posted: 11:15 am on May 28th
farmerfanny writes: I like the way you put the white bricks through the path. When I did my patio pavers in that pattern I noticed there is a wacky 4 leaved flower looking thing in the middle where there are 2 L shapes one upside down and laying back to back. I did grey pavers with red paver flowers. Posted: 11:13 am on May 28th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: lady slippers are generally extremely hardy, but they counter that with extreme finnicky-ness, in my experience. Werner Frosch has videos where he treats his hybrids like any other perennial and they are lush and magical. We'll see.... Posted: 9:57 am on May 28th
briandowns writes: I made the mistake of looking at previous submissions of photos of this garden- leaving me feeling as if I have no garden. HE'S got a garden! Posted: 9:28 am on May 28th
Annek writes: Beautiful Tim! You have put together a side yard oasis. Not for the first time, I looked at the GPOD photos and immediately went to my favorite nursery website and ordered some plants. Mainly Gentian since it is hardy to -30...and oh that color of blue! I was surprised to see that Lady Slippers can be hardy to Zone 2....could that be true?

Posted: 9:21 am on May 28th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Thanks for your kind comments! I'm away on vacation and I get a little wistful being away from the garden this time of year. The other day it was suggested that hosta are a gateway drug to gardening, and that is true, but heuchera keep my addiction in full swing! Posted: 9:14 am on May 28th
tractor1 writes:

A wonderfully alluring path to explore with a camera. I like that bottom photo on the left with the freshly unfurled ferns. I like what appears to be azalea in teh background too... I have similar ferns planted with lily of the valley under a windbreak of Norway spruce to hide my 500 gallon propane tank. Thank you Tim.

Today looks to be another lovely day like yesterda... will mow all day today too... my back field growth was nearly two feet tall (first mowing due to wet), took me four hours to mow the four acres.

Posted: 7:45 am on May 28th
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: Beautiful plantings, Tim! Always nice to see more of your gardens! Posted: 7:29 am on May 28th
GardenGrl1 writes: I love all of the colors contained behind that perfectly-edged line! Your plants look amazing! Congratulations on the lady slipper and so much gardener patience for that Gentiana! That is the most brilliant blue I have ever seen on a flower. Thank you so much for sharing. Posted: 6:45 am on May 28th
meander1 writes: So, Tim, looks like you've got a healthy case of heuchera fever going on....understandable since each year, there are more and more tempting cuties offered up by hybridizers. The color of your Gentiana angustifolia is electrifying...that's a blue that's worth the wait. And your ladies slipper looks like a beguiling visitor from outer space...so exotic! Posted: 6:36 am on May 28th
tntreeman writes: tim, before i head out for the day, it really is a great garden and i wish i could walk thru in person and get your commentary about it's creation. off topic, , but where is janetsfolly? isn't she an Ohio girl? Posted: 5:43 am on May 28th
bee1nine writes: Hi Tim, Fabulous color and texture combinations! All so lush
and lovely!!
Exquisite lady's slipper orchid specimen! A pure treat of this kind. Here's hoping it behaves for you in coming years!
Posted: 5:40 am on May 28th
wGardens writes: Oh my! That Lady's Slipper is Fabulous!
Great color and texture through-out! Keep those "re-visits" coming! Posted: 5:23 am on May 28th
briandowns writes: To the untrained eye, it's beautiful. To the trained eye, it's marvelous. To quote george Costanza, it's got texture out the ying - yang baby! Posted: 5:11 am on May 28th
tntreeman writes: always fun to see Tim's place and his collection of plants.
i am, however, coveting that lady's slipper i have never successfully grown one to flower and it's an expensive quest! Posted: 4:25 am on May 28th
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