Today we’re visiting Lila Johnson’s garden.
Greetings from my garden in Mill Creek, Washington, about 20 miles north of Seattle. Our June and July have been wetter and chillier than normal for this time of year, but our perennials and annuals seem to be thriving. We wish for warmer weather, especially in the evenings so we can enjoy our patio surrounded by flowers and hummingbirds! Ah well, there’s always August!
Our age (77 and 76) and the pandemic have kept us at home pretty much, and so our garden looks well manicured and loved. My knee is bad, but my husband does a lot of walking and assures me our yard is the prettiest in the neighborhood! I plant, and my husband maintains our rather large yard. I grew up watching my mother garden, and I’m thrilled to say my 40-something daughter has surprised me by loving to garden also.
I’m not an expert, although I’ve learned a lot from our local garden club, of which I’ve been a member for 12 years. Trial and error works. I had to move several hardy fuchsias to a less shady location where they thrive and entice the hummingbirds.
A Crocosmia, probably the variety ‘Lucifer’ (Zones 6–9).
An unknown variety of purple clematis.
The red Crocosmia and purple clematis work together to make a color combination fit for a king.
The lawn! Lila’s husband loves to mow and maintain the grass. The cool, wet start to the summer has meant they haven’t had to use the irrigation system much.
A shady part of the garden, filled with the luminous flowers of tuberous begonias (Begonia hybrids, tender perennials grown as annuals).
Close-up of the incredible flowers of the tuberous begonia. These plants prefer cooler summers, and so thrive in the Pacific Northwest.
A hummingbird—with wings moving so fast they are just a blur—feeding on the blooms of a hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrid, Zones 7–9).
Flower stem of a hosta growing past a lichen- and moss-covered branch.
Mixed planting of annuals in and around a beautiful blue container.
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