Today’s photos come from Gaby and John’s garden in Cape Cod, where they live just a few hundred yards from the water. According to John, Gaby’s the real garden wizard, and he’s “just the grunt who ferries plants, pots, and bags of soil about on demand”—which, let’s be honest, is a pretty important job. I think all of us gardeners would love to have someone to haul around plants, pots, and bags for us!
Gaby and John mostly take photos of the garden to document the space and to use as a reference in planning for the next season, which is such a great idea. I’m terrible about keeping a garden journal, but snapping photos is an easy way to record what was happening in the garden when and makes it easy to make plans for the future. For me, plans are mostly trying to shove more plants into the space, and it sounds like Gaby is the same way. As John put it, she’s “always hoping to find an appropriate space for more ‘children.’”An elegant bed planted with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Zones 3–11) and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 4–9)
The very same bed, later in the season, has transformed visually. The sedum has gone from green to bright pink, and the fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale, Zones 5–10) that was hardly noticeable earlier in the year is making a dramatic statement.
A view from inside the house, looking across the deck and out into the garden.
Crisply defined beds and neat turf make a great contrast to the softer, more informal shapes of the shrubs and perennials.
In this corner of the garden, a big planting of bright Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) makes a puddle of gold.
There are many hydrangeas in the garden. Here is a bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) in its brilliant blue peak in mid-July.
Here is the same hydrangea in early September, completely transformed but just as beautiful.
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