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Garden Photo of the Day

A Garden for Work, Fun, Relaxation, and Therapy

A simple garden gives so much

Today’s photos come from Diane in Nova Scotia.

I have been gardening for a long time, 20 years or so. I used to work at a greenhouse, and that got me hooked. Here in Nova Scotia, we are Zone 5a/5b with a few microclimate zones in sheltered areas. My garden has provided me with many hours of work, fun, relaxation, and therapy. We live in a heavily wooded area with lots of wildlife who share our garden. Remember to plant extra veggies, because the deer will munch on some!

My island bed with a variegated ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ willow tree (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, Zones 5–7), purple wolfsbane (Aconitum sp.), and weeping mulberry (Morus alba ‘Pendula’, Zones 4–8).

This clematis was mislabeled as ‘Jackmannii,’ but I’m not sure what it actually is.

This daylily ‘Ed Murray’ (Hemerocallis ‘Ed Murray’, Zones 3–9) is a lovely black-red with a green throat. (For gardeners in hotter climates, note that daylilies of very dark colors often look their best sited where they get a little shade in the afternoon.)

My golden hops vine (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’, Zones 5–8). I absolutely love the bright lime green color. Too bad I don’t like home-brewed beer!

I rescued this rosebush from the greenhouse trash and nursed it back to life. Yummy bubblegum pink!

I call the front of my house my tangled garden. The large white perennial is a white fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha, Zones 3–9).

 

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  1. wittyone 07/31/2019

    I love your flowers. The willow is just lovely, such a pleasing shape. I am also glad to see the fleeceflower. Lately I have been thinking about maybe getting one, but am concerned about the size and possible aggressive tendencies. I guess time will tell.

    Thanks for sharing your garden.

  2. BTucker9675 07/31/2019

    Love your garden - the weeping mulberry and fleeceflower in particular. Rescuing plants that have been tossed is so gratifying. After one Christmas when we still lived in northern New Jersey, someone had tossed out a lovely little fir in a red container. I picked it up, planted it back by our pond/stream and it was about 6 feet tall when we moved away and a silvery blue beauty! I also rescued 3 rhododendrons that someone had given up on - pruned them back, planted them at the edge of our wooded area and they became spectacular. Oh, we also have had two rescue dogs - our last one, Mac, just went to heaven a few weeks ago at the ripe old age of 16. My heart is still broken.

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    treasuresmom 07/31/2019

    Love that tangled garden & fleeceflower.

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    meander_michaele 07/31/2019

    So nice to see a fairly mature ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ willow tree...it looks like a delightful fluffy cloud. I'm curious whether the golden hops vine flowers at any point...I guess I better do some google homework and find out. The foliage is very attractive and is certainly enough to make the plant a winner in the garden.

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    SimpleSue 07/31/2019

    Beautiful landscaping, beautiful garden! Love the island with the Weeping Mulberry, and purple Wolfsbane! Just wonderful!

  6. cheryl_c 07/31/2019

    I, too, love your island garden, your tangled garden (I might steal that name!), your persicaria, and Ed Murray. You have done an amazing job of putting your garden together in a pleasing way. Thank you for sharing.

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