Today's photos are from Sarah Wolpow in Brunswick, Maine. If you'll recall, we visited her garden back in February of 2012 (refresh your memory HERE). Today she's sharing another project near and dear to her heart. She says, "Here are some images from a children's garden I designed and installed for the Topsham Public Library in Topsham, Maine. They had an existing spiral path that was laid out by a boy scout several years earlier. They wanted a "rainbow garden" theme, with something going around the spiral. The site is very sunny, hot, and sandy, and they didn't want a huge maintenance headache. I picked tough plants that would not need irrigation after the first year. I planned the arc of the rainbow in four sections: red & pink, yellow & orange, green & white, and blue & purple. I used plants that would attract butterflies, birds & bees, and that had interesting textures. The garden was installed in 2011. Most of the pictures are from 2012, its second season. We had a terrible problem with asiatic garden beetles the first summer - they munched to the ground achillea, salvia, helianthus, heliopsis, echinacea, and centranthus. The second summer was much better -possibly because the garden didn't get much water and the beetle grubs need some soil moisture to hatch. I have a small business doing garden design/installation/renovation in Brunswick, Maine (ThistleGaard Perennial Garden Design)." So nice, Sarah! I love how you followed the line of the spiral, and the plants all seem like stalwart classics--sure to thrive and please. I'll be taking notes for my newly-sunny front yard that I'll be designing this spring. Thanks!

#1: End of pink & red, heading into yellow & orange. Hemerocallis 'Baja' or 'Chicago Apache', Sedum 'Maestro', Asclepias tuberosa, tall Verbascum 'Polar Summer' (one of the highlights - tho I doubt it will have overwintered), Heliopsis 'Summer Nights', which could have used more water, Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Euphorbia 'Bonfire'.
#2: Before
#3: During
#6: Pink & red, Fall 2012. Potentilla 'Monarch's Velvet' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and possible 'Cloud Walker'
#7: Yellow/orange looking toward white/green and blue/purple. Achillea  - probably 'Coronation Gold' and 'TerraCotta' - it's hard to grow achillea in Maine because of wet winter soil - this is the best spot I've found for it. Panicum, Verbascum, and Nepeta in the back.
#8: Coreposis 'Moonbeam', Liatris 'Floristan White', Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears', Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
#9: Liatris 'Kobold', Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', Echinops 'Vietch's Blue' (darker blue) and the straight species Echinops ritro.

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