Today’s photos come from Andrea Sawyer.
I’m a longtime subscriber to Fine Gardening magazine, and I follow you on Instagram, but I’m a new fan of your Garden Photo of the Day! I can’t wait to check out your beautiful garden photos every morning with my coffee. My name is Andrea Sawyer, and I live in Boise, Idaho. We have a mountain desert climate here, Zone 7, where we have all four beautiful seasons, but none of them to any extreme. After putting compost on my flower beds this week, and already seeing the spiky green of my grape hyacinth (Muscari, Zones 3–9) shooting up, I am so excited for spring! I thought I’d share some photos of what it will look like when those purple flowers arrive soon, plus a few other photos of my garden after it comes to life.
Grape hyacinth has been a really good choice in my garden because I live near the Boise River and I have a lot of mature trees with roots running throughout my flower beds. The tiny grape hyacinth bulbs fit well between the tree roots, don’t require much depth, and never fail to come back year after year. I also use a lot of ground covers, because they grow right over those tree roots.
Lime-colored creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) is my favorite because it brightens up the shade.
If I can’t dig a hole to plant flowers because tree roots are in the way, I set a pot on it with annuals and perennials (creeping Jenny looks great cascading over the side of a pot too).
I also love to put a little chicken wire around the trunk of a tree so clematis can climb up it. I have discovered there are many varieties of clematis that bloom well in shade.
The newest addition to my garden is the Fourth of July rose, which is absolutely stunning and really is in full bloom on the Fourth of July just in time for our family BBQ. I planted it in a large pot instead of the ground, and it’s perfectly happy.
Perennials and roses fill this corner of the garden with color.
A honeysuckle (Lonicera) happily blooming on the fence.
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