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Another Visit to Barb’s Garden in Wisconsin

Along the flagstone path leading to the backyard. Arbor has Clematis 'Claire de Lune' and kiwi vine, Actinidia 'Arctic Beauty'. Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Barb Herreid

Today’s photos are from Barb Herreid in Wisconsin, who we’ve visited twice before, in 2012 (refresh your memory HERE and HERE).

I like to invite the birds into my garden and have many birdhouses and baths located throughout the yard.

Today she says, “I’m back again with some photos from this year’s garden. We are located in central Wisconsin (zone 4). Our spring started out cold and wet and everything seemed to be delayed about 3 weeks throughout the gardening season. I really enjoy going to GPOD each day and seeing the wide variety of garden visions that each gardener has for his or her yard — it is very inspirational!”

Iris sibirica ‘Steve’, Iris pallida ‘Aurea Variegata’, Allium ‘Ambassador’ and Amsonia hubrichtii

Thanks for giving us an update, Barb! Great photos of great plantings. Those LILIES! Heavenly.

Container along the driveway

**** I’m still looking for photos, everyone! While I’ve got a bunch of great submissions in reserve, I can always use more. We’re heading into winter, when GPOD submission tend to be a bit scarce. If you still want to see a new and exciting garden every single weekday in your inbox, do your part and show us YOUR garden! You can email photos to either [email protected] or [email protected]. Be sure to tell me where you live and tell me a bit about yourself and your garden. And the more photos the better! Thanks!! ****

Late summer: Sweet autumn clematis on the trellises, Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’, Monarda and Aruncus dioicus
Orienpet Lilies ‘Scheherazade’ and ‘Silk Road’ in front of the smokebush Cotinus ‘Nordine’
I added a wall pocket to the retaining wall this year and planted it with Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, ‘Oxblood’ coleus, Perilla ‘Tricolor’ and ‘Blackie’ and Margarite’ sweet potato vines
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’
I like the softness created by the corydalis growing up and intertwining the Hosta ‘Wide Brim’
Early spring – Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) surrounding naked lady lilies (Lycoris squamagera)
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  1. user-1020932 12/03/2013

    all those perfect Hosta leaves! makes me very envious, also checked the previous features. isthis really only your fifth season at the property? lottsa work you've done . the bloodroot makes me anxious for spring even though winter hasn't really started here yet. thanks!

  2. gloriaj 12/03/2013

    The thought that went into your garden is evident in how beautiful it is. Love the hydrangea and all the beautiful hostas. I love how you incorporate the tropical throughout. Excellent job. I love GPOD gardens.

  3. pattyspencer 12/03/2013

    Loved seeing your garden before and love seeing it now - it's really really pretty. Lots of work and love have gone into it's creations.

  4. wGardens 12/03/2013

    Great! Love those fabulous Hostas! The path is beautiful with the ferns along side and little pops of color from various plants and ornamentation. (Love the moss between the stones!!) Great pairing with the Hosta and Corydalis. So nice to have that body of water to see everyday also, and the wildlife that comes with it.

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    meander_michaele 12/03/2013

    Barb, your pictures enlarge so beautifully...I've got the whole line-up hogging up my computer open tabs and I keep clicking from one to another. Your garden areas contain so many delightful plant combos and fun whimsical surprises in ornamentation. The photo with the lake as backdrop is just so gorgeous...I love the vibrant pop of purple from the Allium and how the tones are somewhat repeated with the Iris. Could you tell me a little about the structure that is being framed by the plants? I can't quite tell its it for humans or critters or is it a water buoy?

  6. tractor1 12/03/2013

    Teriffic captures, especially the 3rd down on the left; sky, water, and gorgeous florae!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/03/2013

    What a nice treat this morning. That is a great view of the waterfall!

  8. annek 12/03/2013

    Mmmmm, I'm in hydrangea heaven. Yours is massive! And the bloodroot is the most charming little fella! Thanks for the garden fix this morning!

  9. bee1nine 12/03/2013

    Hi Barb, ALL so lovely and then some!
    Wonderful grouping of hosta varieties and love that chickadee
    bird bath. I so agree how nicely the corydalis intertwines in
    with the hosta.(Right-side 4th photo down).
    I happen to grow only the pink bulb variety that shortly blooms in early spring, then goes dormant and disappears by
    early summer. Perhaps the yellow species might last longer for me. How long do you find your yellow corydalis to hold up for the season? Thanks!

  10. soilsister8 12/03/2013

    Barb, What an inspiration you 4 is a challenge. I had to look up naked lady lilies (Lycoris squamigera).
    They're very well reviewed on Dave's Garden web site....for anyone else who'd like to check out culture requirements and observations from all over N. America:
    Except for the orange daylilies that have escaped gardens and grow wild along the road, the deer have destroyed every lily I've planted.
    I didn't see any deer fencing in your pictures.
    Do deer leave Lycoris squamigera alone?

  11. quinquek 12/03/2013

    Everything looks so lush and physically perfect. Have you no slugs for your hostas? I love the intertwining of the Hosta and Corydalis, and the Bloodroot is something I have to try. I would also love the waterfall and lake view, however, I don't think it's likely in a landlocked property! Lovely, and well designed!

  12. grdnldy 12/03/2013

    Thanks for all the nice comments! It's nice to experience your garden through others eyes! Meander1 - the structure behind the plants is a 4' tall wooden lighthouse crafted by the Amish -- we think it's appropriate at the water's edge and it does light up at night. bee1nine - the yellow corydalis is delightful - it blooms all summer long and into the fall. It seeds around easily but is also easy-to-edit out, if needed. Soilsister8 - I do have lots of deer, but use Liquid Fence and it is quite effective for me. They do love Lilies and Hostas, but leave the Lycoris alone. As for slugs, we don't have too many with our sandy soil. I do put pine straw around the base of each Hosta to also help and if they start to make too many holes, will add some Sluggo.

  13. GrannyMay 12/03/2013

    A lovely walk along a flagstone path bordered by lush ferns and perfect hostas! Great job Barb! I can't believe you can grow those and your lovely lilies without a single nibbled leaf showing. I'll certainly have to look up Liquid Fence.

    I love the Corydalis and hosta photo too. I'll have to try the yellow variety to see if it survives longer for me than the blue did.

  14. greengenes 12/03/2013

    Oh how nice! You have the best of both worlds! Shade and sun! And then the water! Fantastic!Iam so sure that those clematis are just so beautiful when in bloom. I really hope my blood root will look that way this coming year! Thanks for waking me up this morning!

  15. GardenersWK 12/04/2013

    Thanks Barb for sharing your garden again! My kind of garden in my kind of climate! Love your lake view and the water feature!

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