The photos today are from Suzanne Layer’s garden in Bloomingdale, Illinois.
Welcome to my garden! Stroll past the fairies and under the arch filled with red roses. Gardens are magical places where cares can disappear. My sister, Anne, who lives in Paris, calls this the “mini-Monet.” I absolutely love creating beauty whether in my studio or out in the garden.
Along the way: the stunning color of the double-bloom roselily. (“Roselily” refers to a series of oriental lily hybrids with double flowers.)
The fragrance of tall phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) will pull you along the way and around the curves.
The tall spire of an old-fashioned hollyhock (Alcea rosea, Zones 3–8) stands sentinel above yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–8) and tall, deep pink phlox.
This path leads past the firepit area through the open gate to the sun garden. In summer’s fullness it is filled with tall yellow yarrow (Achillea hybrid, Zones 3–8), phlox, and Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 4–9). Earlier in spring the red poppies and purple-blue of my grandmother’s iris draw you in. Sometimes a red fox relaxes back here!
Another view of the faraway sun garden, looking past the white blooming crabapple tree and a circle of blooming hostas.
This fountain is the focal point of the rock garden. It overlooks the entrance arch.
Another shot of pink-eyed phlox!
Thank you for this opportunity to take your readers on a stroll down my garden.
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