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A Garden Full of Art and Flowers

Pieces of a gardener's past make the best garden art

Today we’re in Bill Ziebarth’s garden.

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. I have been gardening all my life and for 23 years in my current location. I love to keep changing my gardens. A lot of the garden art in my gardens came from the family farm that I grew up on.

trellis for a clematisA daylily grows in front of an old garden gate. The gate is used as a trellis for a clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8), honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sp.), and a ‘Ramblin Red’ rose.

Gloriosa daisiesGloriosa daisies (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–7 or as annual), daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids), and birdhouses in the rear.

Hydrangea paniculataHydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8), daylilies, and other perennials in front of a foot bridge connecting a pathway.

pink and white petuniasPetunias (Petunia hybrid, annual) in a birdcage. The rest of my flowers are free range.

Swedish window mullionA piece of garden art built around a Swedish window mullion features geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual) and petunias in a Spanish window box, and clematis climbing up the window.

Framing my garden—with hydrangeas, a birch tree (Betula papyrifera, Zones 2–6), and my greenhouse.

greenhouseMy greenhouse. The corrugated metal on the bottom came from the roof of my dad’s barn.

wide view of the gardenWide view of the garden, with views stretching beyond.

I’ve been everywhere.

Bee balmsBee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9) for the hummingbirds in the rear, and ornamental grasses, a dark-leaved ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius, Zones 2–8), and black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) in the foreground.


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  1. blondie3 11/05/2020

    Love the garden, love the art, love the greenhouse, what a wonderful playground! And the view!

  2. Rebeccazone7 11/05/2020

    Call me seriously jealous of your green house. I do have bee balm, but over the years it has become scattered and this reminds me of the statement it can make when kept together and in check. I loved everything about all of it.

  3. garden1953 11/05/2020

    Absolutely love your garden! The vintage things from the family farm are way cool.

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    pattyeckels 11/05/2020

    Beautiful! I would love to see it in the winter too. It has to be gorgeous even then.

  5. fromvirginia 11/05/2020

    Love the creativity and whimsy! The interplay between art and the plantings is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Maggieat11 11/05/2020

    Your gardens are absolutely fabulous! Wish I could visit in person. Love your combinations, garden art and your photos are wonderful too. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    treasuresmom 11/05/2020

    Oh, my. How very lovely and that greenhouse is to die for.

  8. wittyone 11/05/2020

    I love this! So clever!

  9. reginamelo 11/05/2020

    You have such a beautiful garden!!!

  10. billziebar 11/05/2020

    Thank you all for the nice comments. I had about 30 photos that I had to reduce to 10. Just love gardening.

  11. sheila_schultz 11/05/2020

    Every detail in your gardens from the lush plantings to the delightful art says an artist lives here. Your greenhouse is downright dreamy, and the view, man, that view!!! You've got the whole package going for you, Bill. I'm a little green with envy. Kudos!

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    simplesue 11/05/2020

    That photo titled "wide view of the garden..." made me wanna run through it and explore everything! Such a gorgeous garden and surrounding area!
    And the Bee love your garden whimsy!

  13. btucker9675 11/05/2020

    Fabulous - I am green with envy, especially for that fantastical greenhouse. Wonderful!

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    bdowen 11/05/2020

    How wonderful to have treasured memories from your family farm incorporated into your garden. My favorite is the Swedish mullion/ window frame with the beautiful purple and red flowers.

  15. billziebar 11/05/2020

    I have a lot more childhood treasures. Such as the only mailbox I can remember, the chicken coup door, the Ziebarth Road sign (I grew up on Ziebarth Road), a potato planter, misc. shovels etc. & a seed planter. I try to use them discreetly but I know they are there.
    I also have what I call my Jardin de Mexico. Utilizing items brought back from Mexico. Honoring my late wife’s Mexican heritage. It is located next to my garden shed. One of the photos that wasn’t used.
    Thank you again

  16. cheryl_c 11/05/2020

    Hi, Bill, Such great pictures of such a fabulous garden. I join the others in loving the colors you are using and repeating and the whimsy of so many of your garden elements. Your stand of monarda makes me want to try it again - do you have any idea which variety yours is?

    1. billziebar 11/05/2020

      I don’t know. I think I have them marked. Don’t know if I can find the tag. Going away tomorrow. I can see if I can find it Saturday.

      1. cheryl_c 11/05/2020

        Thanks so much - I'll check back in a couple days. They are beautiful, and I'd love to get them going with my agastache Blue Boa.

        1. billziebar 11/07/2020

          Colrain red, Bee Balm monarda.

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    TravisRoy 11/07/2020


    1. billziebar 11/07/2020

      Thank you

  18. user-5117752 11/08/2020

    Well! I really couldn't handle the Minnesota winters but I do so wish you would be my neighbor!!! I would just sneak around so quietly and luxuriate in all you've created, you'd never know I was there except for the squeals of joy and pleasure and delight in what you've created. Thank you so very much for sharing!!!

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