Our garden today comes from Martha Veronesi in beautiful Argentina.
My name is Martha Veronesi, and I live in the city of Pilar in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am excited to share my garden with you. I’ve been tending to my home garden fanatically for the last 10 years, ever since I started taking some landscape courses that made me want to make changes to my garden.
I come from a family that used to like gardening. My grandfather loved dahlias of all types, double or single, in all colors and shapes, so he dedicated time to digging the bulbs in winter and replanting them in spring, and I used to help him. When I married and moved with my husband from the city to my new home in downtown Pilar 25 years ago, there were no plants or flowers in my garden, just soil and a very old aguaribay tree (Schinus areira, Zones 9–10) in a corner of the land, so my grandfather gave me some of his falias bulbs as a gift, which I treasured. Now with the passing years, those bulbs have multiplied (usually I gift some to dearest friends), and I still have them in my garden. Each summer when they bloom, I always remember my grandpa.
I love the mix of flowers, but roses are definitely my favorite plant. I have 33 rose plants in my garden. Some are English style, like ‘Pat Austin’, and some are French, but mostly all are floribundas, producing big bouquets of roses in the garden beds. In late winter, I dedicate hours to pruning them, and I do it with a difference of 10/20 days from one bed garden to another, in order to always have roses blooming somewhere in the garden in the summer. Sages, asters, and ornamental grasses are my second favorites, mostly because they bloom for long periods and have low maintenance.
Before spring comes, my plan is to incorporate some perennials in my garden. Design and selection of plants has started, but it’s not an easy task for me because of my inexperience with perennials and the little space I have in the garden. However, it is a challenge I will take.
‘Iceberg’ roses with boxwood (Buxus, Zones 5–9), ornamental onion (Allium), and yellow bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 4–9).
Water running is so relaxing to hear, so my husband and I built a small pond where some fish live and eat mosquito eggs that are on the surface of the water, helping us keep mosquitos under control.
Dahlias given me by my grandfather as a gift.
Iceberg roses and a bird feeder with the old aguaribay tree in the background.
‘Iceberg’ roses with grass Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass, annual).
‘Jubilee Du Prince de Monaco’ rose (sold in the United States under the name ‘Fire and Ice’) with blue larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual).
More of ‘Jubilee Du Prince de Monaco’ rose with blue larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual).
Daylilies, larkspur, and Dietes grandiflora (Zones 8–11) in the back.
Martha sent so many great photos that we’re sharing them over two days, so be sure to check back tomorrow for more of this beautiful garden!
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