Kelly Stevens gardens in North Carolina, where she works for a local garden center. Her garden at home is a plant-lover’s paradise, filled with happy specimens, beautifully placed and set off by mosaic-work garden art. Today’s photos capture a perfect moment in her garden when the light was catching everything just right.
Sometimes the light hits a garden just right and makes magic! Here sun is glowing through the garden. The whole scene is wreathed in the purple flowers of Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria, Zones 6–9). This species is native to the United States. It blooms a little later than the invasive Asian species with shorter flower heads, and is much better behaved. The Asian species tend to try and eat the entire garden, and then head out to conquer the local woodland. The native species stays smaller and is usually a much better choice.
Tradescantia virginiana (spider lily, Zones 4–9) blooming gracefully surrounded by beautiful tile mosaics.
Another view of the sun catching American wisteria, blooming over tile mosaics.
Sometimes plants with yellow-green foliage can be hard to use in the garden, as the bright yellowy color can clash with other tones. But not with Tradescantia x andersoniana ‘Sweet Kate’ (Zones 5–9). Here the bright yellow leaves are complemented to perfection by the right blue flowers. It is a match made in heaven.
A lovely bearded iris, white touched with blue so delicate and exquisite it looks like it was painted.
The new leaves on Fatsia japonica ‘Spider Web’ (‘Spider Web’ fatsia, Zones 7–10) emerge so brightly variegated with white it looks like they wouldn’t have enough chlorophyll to survive! But as the leaves age, they grow more green and so provide the plant with plenty of energy to grow and thrive. And when the new leaves come out, they are as beautiful and striking as any flower.
Achillea (yarrow, Zones 3–8) comes in colors ranging from scarlet to pink to orange to, as here, yellow. Looking at this, it is hard to image any of those other colors being better than this bit of bright sunshine turned into flower form.
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