Welcome to Evelyn Drake’s garden!
I so much enjoy photos from others’ gardens, so I decided it was time to share. We wouldn’t have this post otherwise! I garden in rural northwestern Illinois, where the weather and wildlife “visitors” can take their toll. While I like to think there is a plan, I’m a sucker for anything new, and so it often becomes “cramscaping.” I really enjoy taking advantage of volunteers, and so I watch for them as I am weeding. We had a very harsh winter, and I’m hoping it has not hurt too many plants!
This tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) had more than 150 blooms! I counted them while deadheading.
Tree peony ‘Spring Carnival’
The bed with the prolific tree peony (upper right) has grown this year, making room for this delphinium (Delphnium elatum, Zones 3–8), which bloomed really well despite wind damage twice during the summer.
A favorite clematis mingles with daylily ‘Stella d’Oro’ (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Zones 3–9) in bloom.
Early season in the back perennial border.
A little later in the same bed, the bush clematis and stachys ‘Hummelo’ (Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’, Zones 4–8) were in bloom.
Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora, Zones 4–8) in bloom.
It’s not really meant for them! Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, Zones 4–8), a white birch (Betula sp.) started from a friend’s seedling, and a new planting of winterberry (Ilex verticillata, Zones 3–9) make up this small bed. The Harry Lauder’s walking stick is kind of taking over. Maybe the deer will prune?
Later in summer, daylillies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4–10) steal the show. They are very tolerant of our weather.
Same bed, a little later, different angle. The large-leaf plant is a volunteer Nicotiana (ornamental tobacco, annual) that always draws attention.
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