My name is Clare Oliva, and I live and garden in northern New Jersey. Photos of my garden have previously been featured on Garden Photo of the Day (Clare’s Garden in New Jersey Day 1 of 2). Since the spring garden was glorious this year, I thought I would share some pictures.
This is one of my favorite views of the garden—the side garden in early spring (mid April). The big swath of forsythia (Forsythia spp., Zones 3–8) bushes at the end of the path, the tulips starting to bloom, and the different textures and shades of green are a welcome sight after a long cold winter.
Brightly colored tulips are a feast for the eyes.
The brilliantly colored petals of tulips are one of the iconic images of spring.
Colorful creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera, Zones 3–8) and the blue sky make a lovely scene.
The creeping phlox really steals the show in early May. It is planted on the edges of a terrace and looks great hanging over the stone walls.
The creeping phlox is in full flower, with different varieties planted in sections to create big blocks of brilliant color.
Here the phlox is pulling out all the stops, showing off in nearly every shade of pink possible.
A look beyond the Japanese maple ‘Tamukeyama’ (Acer palmatum ‘Tamukeyama’, Zones 5–9) shows the blooms of red azaleas just starting to open.
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