Today we’re visiting with Barbara Cain.
My garden is on the South Shore of Boston. The photos were all taken in my backyard, which is enclosed with a fence to create a courtyard. My husband and I have breakfast and lunch on the deck. I try to have interesting plants growing all year.
A big container with a large Ensete ventricosum (Zones 9–11) anchors this planting. This large plant is a closer relative of bananas and can be overwintered indoors in climates where it gets too cold.
A school of fish bring color and a little fun to this part of the garden.
I love climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris, Zones 4–8) and have used it both on my pergola and as a ground cover over a stone wall. The climbing hydrangea on my pergola is quite old and is taking over the structure. Every year I plan to prune it back after it blooms but never seem to get to it! Maybe this year . . .
A big pot full of blooming Scaevola (annual). Native to Australia, this plant makes a great show all summer and is displayed nicely in a pot all by itself.
Even without flowers, diverse foliage on perennials makes a great display.
Shrubs, perennials, and annuals all bring flowers to this corner of the garden, under a huge specimen of cutleaf sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’, Zones 4–8).
The flower of blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea, Zones 5–9) look like they should be from the tropics, though this vine is actually native to eastern North America and is incredibly tolerant of cold winters once established.
Looking out from under the climbing hydrangea-covered arbor out into the garden.
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