My name is Tammy Sudtelgte, and I am from LeMars, Iowa, the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.” I’m including photos to share the story of my “old” new garden.
In the spring of 2019, my husband and I purchased an empty lot to build a new home. The thought of leaving my garden behind never once crossed my mind. Like my love of gardening, many of my perennials came from grandparents and even great-grandparents over the years—trusted favorites such as New England aster, Autumn Joy sedum, miniature iris, coral bells, and numerous hosta. The day that we broke ground for the new home, my mother and I began the process of digging up most of my garden and bringing it about 3 miles across town. I found an out-of-the-way corner of the new property to serve as a safe temporary plot during the construction. The generous rainfall in 2019 was great for plants! Nearly everything survived and thrived, although it made for significant amounts of mud and delays in home building!
After finishing the final grading and a stone retaining wall in late September, we moved my garden one more time. It was a joy to be able to divide and arrange familiar plants in my new garden space, visualizing color combinations, size and texture, and places for spring/summer bulbs. It was truly a blank canvas! Bright annuals added in the spring of 2020 complemented the green fullness of the perennials, giving ever changing views and opportunities for cut arrangements. Bees, butterflies, and neighbors alike really seemed to enjoy our new garden as a bright spot in the neighborhood.
Just 12 months after being established in its new home, the transplanted garden is exploding with autumn bloom and cheer.
This was the temporary home for the plants before they got moved to their permanent homes.
Raw potential in the new garden!
Transplanted plants coming into growth in spring mark the first signs of success.
Plants beginning to fill in nicely.
Great-grandma’s miniature iris.
Late spring perennials in bloom.
Annuals and perennials mix freely to ensure a long display of color.
Butterflies love visiting the zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual) flowers.
Fall glory in the garden.
Spectacular salvia—red eyelash sage (Salvia blepharophylla, Zones 7–9 or as an annual) and blue mealy sage (Salvia farinacea, Zones 8–10 or as annual)
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