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Anna’s Illinois Garden

A summer garden full of flowers and frogs

Coreopsis grandiflora

Today we’re in Elburn, Illinois, visiting Anna Kurian’s beautiful garden.

garden bed full of blooming perennialsAnna’s garden is a lush tangle of beautifully blooming perennials. Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 4–9) just coming into bloom dominate the foreground, with lots of color behind.

catmintA brightly painted purple chair frame echoes the color of the catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8). I’m sure those sculptures of butterflies are frequently joined by the real things in this flowery garden.

birdhouse above dayliliesBirds are welcome here, in a cheery red house, set among the buds of daylilies (Hemerocallis, Zones 4–9) about to burst into bloom.

garden art surrounded by perennials not yet bloomingSome frogs work on their yoga while they wait for the perennials around them to burst into bloom.

white sweet alyssumA frog prince sits on a throne of white sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima, annual).

Coreopsis grandifloraAn enormous splash of gold is provided by a very happy clump of Coreopsis grandiflora (Zones 4–9). The color is echoed by yellow-flowered sedum behind (probably Sedum kamtschaticum, Zones 3–8) and contrasts with the purple catmint and lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 4–8) surrounding them.



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  1. [email protected] 03/12/2021

    I wish I had that much space. I absolutely love that field of flowers and that purple chair! Artwork really adds so much to the anesthetic of a garden and shows your style.

  2. garden1953 03/12/2021

    Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Patchworkgardener 03/12/2021

    Beautiful! I love that you’ve planted so many....Really makes them pop out at you..and the yoga frogs are adorable. Thanks for sharing

  4. sagebird52 03/12/2021

    Love the Monet look of carpets of flowers plus all the whimsies. I imagine its a pollinator haven as well. Wonderful

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    simplesue 03/12/2021

    I am so impressed to see how huge your perennial bed is!
    Wow it looks great and is thriving!
    I know perennial beds are not as easy to do as you make it look!

  6. btucker9675 03/12/2021

    What a joy-filled space! Thank you for sharing!

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    treasuresmom 03/12/2021


  8. carolineyoungwilliams 03/15/2021

    Anna, Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. It is truly's an inspiration for me to go bigger with my beds and add more drama. I love the vivid colors, the color combinations and your choice of sculptures. Thank you.

  9. user-5117752 03/15/2021

    So charming and fanciful! Just love your colors and combinations with the frogs and ladybugs!

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