Today we’re in Anna Tsai’s garden in Bayside, Wisconsin. We’ve visited her beautiful plantings before (Beautiful Combinations in Wisconsin), and it is always a pleasure to see how her gardens have matured!
As a gardener I enjoy working in my backyard. I plant, and I transplant, plan, arrange, and redesign my garden constantly to keep it neat and looking beautiful. I also have a lot of frustrating times dealing with plants that died suddenly with no reason. Some of the plants failed to bloom at all. I guess that is a frustration shared by every gardener. As an optimistic gardener, I refuse to give up. I keep working in my garden, which I’ve been working on for over 20 years now. I love what I am doing. I am so proud to share the photos from my garden with Fine Gardening magazine and its readers who, like myself, are passionate about gardening.
Pink lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–8) preside over a spring garden bursting with color. Lupines thrive best in climates with cool summers, but they can also be planted in the fall for spring bloom in areas where they can’t survive the summer heat.
Soft pink Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 4–9) are loaded down with flowers and flower buds.
Various Astilbe (Zones 3–8) in bloom.
A garden sculpture in front of huge masses of pink and white astilbe. Though astilbe will grow in a wide range of climates, they seem to particularly thrive in the Upper Midwest.
An elegant spire of lily flowers just beginning to open.
Veronicastrum virginicum (Zones 3–8) is a native perennial that can reach as tall as 7 feet with dramatic spires of white flowers.
Ligularia japonica (Zones 4–8) has dramatic, jagged foliage and tall spikes of orange daisy flowers.
One last view of this spectacular garden.
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