Today we’re visiting with Elaine Esposito.
My love for gardening started over 60 years ago when my grandfather, who lived next door, had every variety of flower on his very small lot. He grew poppies, roses, irises, strawflowers, and so many perennials that I now I have in my gardens. My gardens started small but grew larger every year as I experimented with what I could grow to coexist with the many animals who loved them as much as me. I also wanted to enjoy the flowers with the changing weather, as I live in Zone 5. The secret to my gardens is to plant what I love. I shop local garden centers and mix the plants, mostly perennials, without a formal plan. My gardens are my passion, my stress relief, and my love of nature.
Clouds of purple Siberian irises (Iris siberica, Zones 3–8) bloom in early summer and have beautiful, grasslike foliage the rest of the season.
The blue-and-white blooms on this bearded iris (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–8) suggest that it could be the variety ‘Batik’ or another similar cultivar.
Birdhouses scattered through the garden ensure that feathered visitors feel at home.
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