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Erin’s New Hampshire Garden

Phlox and other garden favorites

spring garden full of spreading pink flowers and hostas

Today we’re visiting with Erin Sweeney.

Hello! We began building our house and garden in 2003 in northern New Hampshire. It is all hand-built and has expanded over the years to include a large vegetable garden, a 75-foot stone wall–backed border garden, and a terraced slope. We are in Zones 3–4, with some microclimates that have supported Zone 5 plants.

small tree in a spring garden This weeping cherry (Prunus hybrid, Zones 5–9) is one of the plants listed as being only hardy to Zone 5 that thrive in this garden thanks to placement in sheltered microclimates. Below, carpets of creeping phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) fill the garden with color. This phlox is native to eastern and central North America, and though not common in the wild, it is a wonderful addition to gardens, thriving especially in well-drained soils.

backyard garden with stone wallThe perennial border is backed by a beautiful stone wall. It’s hard to imagine a New England garden without a stone wall of some kind.

tall plant with big pink flowersA pink hollyhock (Alcea rosea, Zones 2–9) is just coming into bloom. Hollyhocks are classic cottage-garden plants but are not as commonly seen in gardens today. Most varieties are biennials or short-lived perennials and are usually best grown from seed. As long as you don’t lay down too thick a layer of mulch in your garden, they will usually self-sow so that you have some every year.

spring garden full of spreading pink flowers and hostasCreeping phlox in the foreground echoes additional plantings visible in the background, which ties the whole garden together. Dense plantings cover every inch of the ground with foliage, giving a lush, full sense to the garden and making it much harder for weeds to get a toehold.


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  1. garden1953 05/30/2022

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Maggieat11 05/30/2022

    Very nice. Love the stonework with the creeping phlox, especially! 🌿✨

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    simplesue 05/30/2022

    What a gorgeous house & garden! I especially love those two photos with the stone wall- the one with the house in the distance and the one with the phlox...what a great garden, you've done a great job.

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    treasuresmom 05/30/2022

    Love the hollyhocks.

  5. btucker9675 05/30/2022

    What a lovely garden - you've really done fabulous job! Splendid!

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