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Caroline’s Louisiana Garden

A cottage garden full of roses

Red rose bush

Caroline Williams is sharing photos from her Louisiana garden today. We’ve visited her garden before, so start here—Relax in the Garden—if you want to see her garden in other seasons.

Front porch with a garden full of pink flowersThe sign at Caroline’s front entry says “Welcome,” and the over-the-top abundance of flowers echoes the same sentiment! Lots of roses are coming into bloom, backed up by snapdragons (Antirrhum majus, annual).

Flowery garden in front of a brick wallIn front of these roses is rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 4–8), a biennial. It makes a rosette of silvery leaves the first year, then springs up to produce showy scarlet flowers after it goes through winter. Plants usually die after flowering but will self-sow if you let them.

bright pink rose bushThis rose in full flower looks to be ‘Double Knockout’ (Rosa ‘Radtko’, Zones 5–9), which is still one of the most disease-resistant varieties you can grow.

A wooden fence with many flowers in pots in front of itCaroline uses a lot of containers in the garden to add even more color and interest to her plantings.

close up of a white roseAn absolutely perfect white rose begins to unfurl.

Large shrub with white flowersI’m not sure what this flowering shrub is, but that is quite the display of white flowers.

Flower garden with large trees behind itAcross the garden, flowers are visible everywhere.

Roses and snapdragons blooming beside a porchThese roses and snapdragons are blooming together. Snapdragons will bloom all summer in cool-summer climates, but in the South they are usually grown as a winter annual, coming into peak bloom in early summer before fading in the heat.

Red rose and yellow baptisia togetherThe flower spike of a yellow baptisia (probably Baptisia sphaerocarpa, Zones 5–8, or one of the newer baptisia hybrids) provides a nice contrast to the red rose next to it.

Flowery garden in front of a white fenceCaroline’s garden is in a classic cottage-garden style—informal, personal, and filled with flowers.


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  1. Rebeccazone7 05/18/2021

    I love everything about this garden and every picture presents a new goal to reach. Speaking of rose campion, it has spread so much for me that it gets cut and weed whacked along with the grass. I use the word grass very loosely. I don't know why but it never occurred to me to paint a shepherds hook...great idea for something I'm working on. Also, that white rose is a real treasure, and where is your black spot??? I have to admit to being totally envious.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 05/18/2021

      Thank you so much Rebeccazone7. It gives me great pleasure to know someone enjoyed my flowers and found inspiration. I love using spray paint to give a pop of color. The white rose is a double side have white roses and the other side is red. I just wish they would bloom at the same time.

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    treasuresmom 05/18/2021

    Love that white rose.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 05/18/2021

      Thank you treasuresmom. It's actually a double colored rose; one side is white and the other is red....but they have never bloomed at the same time. It was a clearance rack find at Lowe's last year.

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    simplesue 05/18/2021

    Wow you sure do have a lot of flowers!
    I can tell this garden is your happy place!
    Makes me happy just looking at the photos!
    I can imagine you get a lot of happy bees and butterflies in your garden too!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 05/18/2021

      SimpleSue, the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, birds & deer along with other less desirable critters do enjoy the yard. It is my happy place too and I am retiring in 2 days...excited to have more time for the yard.
      I am overjoyed to know that my yard made you happy....too bad flowers couldn't spread love & happiness all over the world.

  4. Cenepk10 05/18/2021

    Lovely. You garden makes me smile !

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 05/19/2021

      Cenepk10, Thank you so much. There's nothing I enjoy more than knowing that my flowers make people smile. May your day be Blessed.

  5. cynthia2020 05/25/2021

    Caroline - your garden is lovely. Thank you for sharing!

    From all of your kind comments here on GPOD - I think the eye-catching "Welcome" and "Joy" signs are so you!


    1. carolineyoungwilliams 06/15/2021

      😁💖 Thank you so much Cynthia2020
      Sharing my garden gives me great pleasure
      and I am so glad that you took time out of your busy schedule to enjoy my happy place. Thank you for your kindness, it helps make this world a better place. Blessings to you.

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