Today we’re visiting Cheryl Joslin’s garden in Warren, Vermont.
I am very thankful to have the backyard that I have. It’s taken me 20 years to get what I have now, but the next 20 are also looking promising for more and more flowers.
A tapestry of different flowers creates a lush, informal, cottage-garden look.
A dense planting of red bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9), orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva, Zones 3–9), and pink everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius, Zones 3–8). All three of these plants are vigorous growers and can spread a little too aggressively, which is why planting them together is genius. They’re all strong enough to compete with each other and thrive, rather than overwhelming less vigorous plants.
The tall border of flowers to the right, a small greenhouse, and beautiful views of the Vermont landscape behind make this look like a gardener’s paradise.
A mix of perennials, with, in the back, what are certainly the tallest spires of foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 3–8) I have ever seen! Cheryl knows how to grow plants huge and happy!
In this row of perennials blooming along the edge of the porch, there’s a good reminder that though we usually grow hostas for their leaves, many varieties have beautiful lavender flowers as well.
And a final shot of a zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual) in bloom. Zinnias may be the single most commonly seen flower in the GPOD—and for good reason: They are easy and inexpensive to grow from seed, flower all summer, make terrific cut flowers, and are hugely popular with butterflies and other pollinators. Every garden needs some zinnias!
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