It has been a while since Jeff Calton has shared his Kingsport, Tennessee, garden with us (see some of his previous GPOD posts here and here), but he’s been enjoying a stellar spring in the garden and sent in some photos for us all to enjoy.
New leaves just beginning to unfold on the trees create a green haze, with the popular double-flowered cherry Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ (Zones 5–9) putting on its over-the-top pink show in the middle.
Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ (Zones 4–9) makes a carpet of dark brownish-green foliage throughout the year, but in spring it tops it all off with abundant blue flowers. Beyond it you can see the garden just beginning to wake up.
Absolutely spectacular heucheras (coral bells, Zones 4–9) show off between masses of hens and chicks (Sempervivium, Zones 4–9).
Wide view of the garden, with spring in all its magical shades of fresh green.
An enormous Yucca makes a dramatic statement in the garden. Jeff has cut back the fading lower leaves, the better to display the dramatic trunk this specimen has formed.
There is nothing like good old-fashioned bearded irises (Iris germanica, Zones 3–9). Newer iris hybrids boast elaborately ruffled petals and colors, but older varieties like this have a simple elegance and always seem to be the most vigorous; they are often fragrant as well.
Two Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) frame a beautiful ceramic urn.
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