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A Year in Peggy’s Garden

Highlights of a growing season

garden full of lush foliage and purple flowers

Today we’re off to Gig Harbor, Washington, where Peggy Fox is escaping the winter blues by looking back at some favorite photos from last year in her garden.

small white flowers growing amongst bright green foliageSpring foliage of Podophyllum pleianthum (Zones 6–8), variegated Convallaria (Zones 3–8), and flowers from a saxifrage (can’t remember which one) made a nice combination.

close up of Podophyllum pleianthum flowersThe weirdly cool but very smelly flowers of Podophyllum pleianthum

garden full of lush foliage and purple flowersA simple but pleasing combination of chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zones 4–8), Euphorbia (Zones 6–9), forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 3–8), and nigella (Nigella damascena, annual), with Geranium × magnificum (Zones 5–8) and stachys (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8) in the background.

close up of dark purple geranium flowersGeranium × magnificum

close up of bright blue nigella flowersNigella is such a free seeder, but I love the drifts of blue.

close up of small pink flowersPink on pink from astrantia (Astrantia major, Zones 4–7) and Filipendula rubra (queen of the prairie, Zones 3–8)

white flowers hangning over the gardenA huge star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 8–10) turns our front entry into a fragrant, enclosed space to view the garden from.

peach roses growing in front of a peach treeMy peachy David Austin rose is growing into the peaches. I lost the tag for this one and have been trying to identify it.

close up of plant with red stems and blue berriesI love the red stems and blue berries of the large woodland perennial Diphylleia cymosa (Zones 6–9).

bright green grass next to light brown foliageI love the combination of the foliage of Rhododendron pachysanthum (Zones 7–9) and Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’ (Zones 5–9).

garden border with various foliage plants in fallThe same area of the garden later in the season includes the bronze foliage and seed heads from rogersia (Rogersia podophylla, Zones 5–8), and sun shining through the purple-leaved grapevine (Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’, Zones 6–9) on the fence, turning it scarlet.

more colorful foliage plants in fallFall color starts to show from potted geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids, Zones 9–11 or as annuals), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Zones 4–8) and Tetrapanax (Zones 7–10), with Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and conifers behind.


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  1. nwphilagardener 02/07/2024

    What a stimulating group of beautifully lit and composed photographs! Thanks, Peggy, for presenting some quite brilliant plant combinations, capturing how both foliage and flowers take turns being the focal stars. "Delicate" textures seem to dance around the gardens. I hope you'll keep photographing and submit more some time.

  2. BrendaGardens 02/07/2024

    Gorgeous!! You have such a wonderful variety of plants and premium cultivars. Those peach roses! Your shade plantings are very satisfying. Now I need to buy some geranium magnificum.

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    simplesue 02/07/2024

    Wonderful garden plant choices! Love your drifts of Love in a Mist, I grew a few of them about 5 years ago but they didn't reseed like yours did. I love your Mayapples too! And Wow, your Geranium × magnificum is stunningly beautiful!

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    treasuresmom 02/07/2024

    Truly lovely! To those who may be interested, type Peggy's name into the search box & you will find more of her submissions.

  5. hazyhill 02/07/2024

    Beautiful garden! Your peach rose looks like Abraham Darby.

  6. btucker9675 02/07/2024

    Beautiful all year round - the color combinations are wonderful!

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    vanhatalosuomi 02/07/2024

    So much to get excited about there! Great foliage combinations and interesting companion plantings. Thanks for sharing :=)

  8. bsavage 02/08/2024

    So beautiful!

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