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Arianne’s Garden in Minneapolis

A small garden overflowing with flowers

close up of pink coneflowers

Arianne is letting us into her beautiful garden today.

I want to share my Zone 4B garden with you. This is a mixture of both perennials and annuals, mostly planted from seeds.

garden at night with bright red and purple flowers illuminatedThe low evening light brings out the magical colors of this garden. In the foreground, bright red impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) grow with purple vinca (Catharanthus roseus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual). People often choose light flower colors for an evening garden, but these darker rich colors look fantastic.

another angle of the garden at night with more purple flowers and container plantingsIn another view of the evening garden, the purples of stock (Matthiola incana, annual) and gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) in the foreground look moody and magnificent.

garden patio with red foliage in the foregroundIn the daytime, the red of a coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides, Zones 10–11 or as as annual) in the foreground picks up notes of red from flowers and the door in the background. You can see that this is a small garden, but there is so much beauty and interest in this space.

another view of the patio with diverse foliage plants in the foregroundThere is so much diversity in this garden, from conifers to perennials to the bold leaves of a canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb).

view of small garden and patio from aboveI love the patio area and the walkway back to the garage. What a wonderful space to share a meal.

close up of garden bed full of flowers at night At night, a well-placed garden light highlights the incredible flowers of a coneflower (Echinacea hybrid, Zones 4–9).

view of garden border along fence and hanging basketsThis corner is mostly about foliage, but the wide range of colors and textures ensures a lot of interest and contrast. Hanging baskets and taller shrubs make use of the vertical space.

two container plantings with colorful foliageThe gold-leaved coleus in the two containers seem to glow almost as bright and welcoming as the windows of the house.

close up of pink coneflowersCheery pink coneflowers, a great native perennial, are as good for birds and pollinators as they are beautiful.

Arianne shared a lot of beautiful photos of her garden, so we’ll be back tomorrow with more!


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  1. sandyprowse 09/25/2023

    Arianne, what a stunning garden. I love how it shows in the twilight. Just delightful! Well done.

  2. MohawkValley 09/25/2023

    A very nice job of making use of the space that you are afforded . Keep up the good work , always thinking of , "What's next ? " Peace from the Mohawk Valley in central NYS .

  3. billziebar 09/25/2023

    One of the best that I have seen on the GPOD!!!

  4. bdowen 09/25/2023

    Wonderful use of your space. Your photos make it easy to understand your layout and help us walk around your garden with you. I would love to see this in different seasons.

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    treasuresmom 09/25/2023

    So very pretty.

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    simplesue 09/25/2023

    Love that flagstone patio and curved path in your garden- nice choices on flowers too! I love a garden in twilight!

  7. user-7821942 09/25/2023

    Beautiful garden. I love that you showed the overall view showcasing the layout of the garden space. It looks so peaceful and inviting. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  8. bsavage 09/25/2023

    I love it! Very beautiful!

  9. carolineyoungwilliams 11/01/2023

    Great job Arianne. Absolutely beautiful. I love the colors, selection of plants and your creative design. Thank you for sharing.

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