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Dandelion House Garden

Scenes from a gardener-florist's garden

Today we’re in southern Massachusetts at Dandelion House Gardens, home of Debbie Bosworth.

I’ve been gardening for 30 years, and my gardens in this home are about 10 years old, with some annual tweaks here and there. I have herbaceous beds and about 800 square feet of raised beds for cut flowers. I’m a gardener-florist and a wedding flowers event florist.

Pinky-purple bee balmPinkish-purple bee balm (Monarda, Zones 4–7) and the big, blue flower heads of hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9)

sunflowerA beautiful perennial sunflower (looks like Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Zones 5–9) is loaded with soft yellow flowers, which are surely a big hit with the local pollinators.

You knew a gardener-florist would have some dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb)! This one boasts beautiful dark foliage that complements the bright flowers perfectly. I spot a bumblebee enjoying the blooms as well.

more dahlias, this one is a long-stemmedLooking down the raised beds for cut flowers, with more dahlias, this one is a long-stemmed form perfect for cutting. Unlike other florist mainstays that are grown and then shipped all over the world, dahlia blooms don’t hold up in shipping, so these beautiful blooms are generally only available from local flower farmers or your own garden patch.

winterberry holly and grassA simple but beautiful combination of winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata, Zones 3–9) and variegated grass (Miscanthus sinensis, Zones 5–9)

Big clumps of Autumn Joy sedumBig clumps of Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 3–9) are in their late-summer peak bloom.

Cut flower beds: dahlias on the right, and tall zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) on the left.

Cut-flower beds: dahlias on the right, and tall zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) on the left.

If you want to see more of Debbie’s garden and floral design, check out her Instagram.

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  1. nwphilagardener 10/25/2021

    When I see cutting gardens, I always hope for a few photos of the bouquets! Even this late in the season, using again hydrangea blooms and cuttings of annuals soon to freeze can make some lovely bouquets.

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    simplesue 10/25/2021

    Love those Dahlias with the dark foliage, and those purplish pink Monarda next to the Blue Hydrangea!
    Also love the name: "Dandelion House Garden".
    And the raised beds for the flowers with the grass paths is really nice!

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    treasuresmom 10/25/2021


  4. btucker9675 10/25/2021

    So pretty!

  5. [email protected] 10/25/2021

    What a gorgeous garden! I grow lots of dahlias, too, but really need to add one with that dark foliage. So striking!

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