Today we’re headed off to Cork, Ireland, to look back at some photos from this past summer in Collette O’Connell’s garden.
A variety of annuals mingle with perennials, shrubs, and rocks to create a varied garden bed with a long season of interest.
A cheery patch of bright yellow and orange marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) echoes the warm yellow colors of the foliage of the surrounding shrubs.
An old tree trunk has been repurposed into a spot to hang baskets of geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual).
Neatly mown lawns and trimmed hedges make a nice frame for colorful garden beds.
Glowing pots of annuals, including geraniums and Calibrachoa, stand against a background hedge made up of a tapestry of beautiful shrubs.
The bright yellow daisy flowers here are the little annual butter daisy (Melampodium).
Red geraniums combine with a red-and-white dahlia (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb), purple meadow sage (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8), and a pink dianthus (Dianthus hybrid).
A gorgeous rich, dark-red Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria, Zones 8–10)
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Delightful garden! Love all of the color!
Your daring color combinations are admirable. I'd never seen a 'butter daisy' before - lovely! And what a dramatic alstromeria! I've just started adding a more common yellow-orange variety to my gardens and love it. Thanks for sharing.
Collette - I like the orange, red, and dark pink flowers. My favorite picture is fifth from the end of the set - the one showing the wide flower border, neat lawn and hedge, and tall green tree. Thank you for sharing your garden with us!
I love being able to visit a faraway garden while sipping tea in my living room! Favorites: the tree with the hanging pots, the deep red Peruvian lily and all the eye-catching red flowers. Thank you for sharing your garden.
Such a pretty garden! Love using the tree trunk as flower hangers - we have a couple of trees that need to be taken down and we're going to leave a portion of the trunk for that same usage.
Oh that dark-red Peruvian lily is outstanding!
Such a healthy & thriving garden you have!
Love seeing gardens from foreign countries! Everything is so lovely.
Collette, Your garden is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing..
I love the Peruvian Lily color against the stone wall and the hanging baskets on the tree. I'm having some trees taken down this week and am anxious to use the stumps for gardening. It's such a joy to have this site with gardening color, knowing spring will come around in it's own time.
I, too, love your colors and the use of the tree stump! Everything looks so lush and beautiful BUT, most of all I'm crazy about that old rock wall that looks like it might tumble down any minute! Is it very old? Did you build it or was it always there from a time long ago? My imagination is running away with itself. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share with us all.
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