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Beate’s Vermont Garden

Making beauty in a new climate

grass paths cutting through lush garden beds

Today’s photos are from Beate in Brandon, Vermont.

Hello, I moved to Vermont from Virginia in 2019 and started to establish a new garden on a mostly empty 3/4-acre lot.

The garden is very wet, so I have had to adjust to many new growing conditions. I have a mix of native and cultivated plants including hardy roses, hydrangeas, and hibiscus. I fill in empty spots with annuals in pots and in the ground as the trees, shrubs, and perennials have time to grow and fill in.

It is an ongoing project, and I have many plans for expansion and eliminating more lawn.

patio covered in containers of annual flowersContainers overflowing with flowers make this patio a magical place to sit and enjoy the summer.

purple and peach flowers growing around and up a wooden fenceA beautiful climbing rose transforms this fence with a cascade of flowers.

green garden bench surrounded by pink and white flowersA green bench is tucked in the flowers, with a hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus, Zones 5–9) blooming to the left and a smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) tumbling over the back and side of the bench.

grass paths cutting through lush garden bedsCrisp grass paths make a great contrast to the rich lushness of the full borders.

close up of a bright pink rose in bloomIt’s hard to beat the beauty of a perfect rose.


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  1. janetsydoruk 01/24/2024

    It’s gorgeous. Thank you. Love everything. But especially your pots. But must mention the fab climbing rose.

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    treasuresmom 01/24/2024

    Truly lovely!

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    simplesue 01/24/2024

    I love the way you used natural sticks around your climbing rose, such a nice rustic natural look & idea!
    The grass path leading through the metal arbor is sooooo inviting, with all the gorgeous and healthy plants along the path!
    You sure did a lot since 2019, looks wonderful!

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    bdowen 01/24/2024

    So much accomplished in a short time! Maybe you just retired and had a new level of time and energy? Beautiful results! Looking forward to more photos.

  5. btucker9675 01/24/2024

    Would like to sit on that pretty green bench and just look at your wonderful garden. Eliminating more lawn = best garden goal!!

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