Last week, Joe Koller shared photos with us from Alan Summer’s open garden. The garden was so beautiful that we wished we could see more—and as it turned out, we can! Joan May also visited this incredible garden and sent us some more photos.
Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, Zones 4–8) creeps up a gazebo and wraps around a sculpture of a cat at play.
A generous seating area invites you to relax and soak up the beautiful garden all around.
Creative planters shaped like faces hang onto the siding of the house—a great way to add interest to a blank wall. See some great containers here.
Not only are the plants cool, but the garden furniture is pretty neat as well! Here old-fashioned sewing machines have been transformed into side tables.
Peony forms with fewer petals, like this one, tend to stand up a little better in the garden, while more fully double forms are more likely to require staking to prevent flopping in the mud.
Who could get enough of these incredible drifts of peonies? Sometimes the most impressive and high-impact garden design is to find a plant that thrives in your garden and then plant it en masse.
This old stove serves as a piece of garden sculpture. The pattern and color of the metal are echoed by the pattern on the leaves of the coleus next to it.
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Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!
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