My name is Biyuan Yang, and I garden in northern New Jersey. I have shared pictures of my garden before (click here and here), and this year my garden is doing great thanks to regular rain. Yarrow, echinacea, ornamental grasses, and some spider flowers and larkspur make a great show.
In May and June, iris, peony, and allium looked so fresh.
I have a serious deer problem, so over the years I have reduced my hosta and roses, and I took out all daylilies. I found that deer seldom touch my lavenders, Japanese barberry, and aralia.
Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) stand tall over a leaf green backdrop.
Peonies (Paeonia sp.) and bearded irises (Iris germanica, Zones 3–9) fill the early summer garden with flowers.
Blue, blue, and more blue! Blue bearded irises in various shades echo the blue flowers of a Baptisia (wild indigo, Zones 3–9).
Lavender (Lavandula sp.) and roses bring color and fragrance.
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii, Zones 4–8) brings colorful, deer-resistant foliage.
There are a thousand tones of green in this shade garden planting of a variety of different shade-loving perennials, but without the hostas that deer love to eat so much.
Hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 3–8). The first hybrid coneflowers in yellow and orange shades were not very long-lived or vigorous, but the breeding has improved since then. If you tried them and failed, it might be time to give them another shot.
A beautiful white purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) shows off against a dark green background.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium, Zones 4–8) in shades of red and pink echo the color of coneflowers.
Sun King aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 4–8) with bright yellow-gold leaves sits beside a white hydrangea.
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