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Emily’s Detroit Garden

A photographer's look at her garden

pink flowers next to purple flowers

Today’s photos are from Emily Berger.

I wanted to share some photos of my Detroit home garden. I’m a professional photographer, so I happen to have some photos of the garden at one of its peaks this summer.

path to front door lined with plantsI love the lavender plants (Lavandula × intermedia, Zones 5–9) along this front walk and can imagine them releasing their fragrance as you walk past.

planter pots on front stepPlanters at the door: nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus, annual) up top, and an urn of white bacopa (Sutera cordata, annual) contrasting with dark sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) on the step.

White yarrow with front porch behindWhite yarrow (Achillea millefolium, Zones 3–9) is in peak bloom.

pink yarrow in front of green plantsPink yarrow showing off

pink flowers next to purple flowersThe numerous small flowers of pink yarrow are beautiful and much loved by pollinators and many beneficial insects.

dark red rose next to white rosesA lusciously dark red rose glows against the rich greens around it.

full view of front of house and gardenThe cottage-style plantings complement the historic brick of the house wonderfully.

plants on side of houseStepping-stones lead through to the side yard.

plants growing around stepping stones

Here’s a closer view of some of the plants around the stepping-stones.

If you want to see more of Emily’s photos, check out her website:


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  1. sandyprowse 09/07/2021

    In the future when I think of Detroit I shall recall your beautiful brick home and the splendid garden. What a showing you have made, just outstanding. Thanks for showing us a different view of Detroit.

  2. Rebeccazone7 09/07/2021

    I loved both the white and pink yarrow. I have such difficulty with it, not sure why. I also loved the unusual and quirky stone work against the brick of your house. Coming in from NJ, we also have stereotypes that we continue to try and break. Thanks for giving us such a positive picture of your city....

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    bdowen 09/07/2021

    Charming setting, house and lovely garden. I too have had trouble with yarrow. You have inspired me to try again next summer. Thank you for sharing your garden with us.

  4. btucker9675 09/07/2021

    Beautiful home and garden!! People who don't know what they're talking about debase Detroit and New Jersey... All places have some problems but Detroit (we lived in Troy, north of Detroit, for 2 years) has been making a comeback in the last several years, overcoming great odds, and most of the state of New Jersey where I lived for a total of 30 years is spectacularly beautiful - it's not called the Garden State for nothing. Thanks for sharing!

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    simplesue 09/07/2021

    I love seeing a garden in context to the house, and yours is fabulous!
    What a darling house and garden- especially the way the garden wall and gate is attached directly to the architecture of your house!
    Your flower bed are beautiful! I had no idea Yarrow could be so gorgeous and came in white and pink also!
    Your photography page is also very professional and artistic!
    I love what you've done with your garden!

  6. Sunshine111 09/07/2021

    So delightful Emily! Thank you so much!😊

  7. Cenepk10 09/07/2021

    Beautiful!!! Thanks for including the house. Much better with perspective. Lovely all !!!!

  8. marpin214 10/14/2021

    Beautiful Garden. one of the best that i saw. Thank you for sharing.

  9. marpin214 10/14/2021

    Thank you for sharing this lovely garden.

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