Today we’re visiting with Robin Sams, who has been gardening on this property in northeastern North Carolina for 10 years.
I planted these cleomes (Cleome hassleriana, annual) and zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) from seed after my many daffodils finished dying back. I hope they reseed next year. (Note: To encourage annuals to self-sow, limit the amount of mulch you use in areas where you’d like them to seed until the seedlings are up and growing.)
A friend gave me this swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius, Zones 5–9), a native perennial.
Native water lilies (Nymphaea odorata, Zones 4–11) and Siberian iris (Iris sibirica hybrid, Zones 3–8). I planted the water lilies myself.
Encore azaleas (Rhododendron hybrid, Encore group, Zones 7–10) blooming again in the fall.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata, Zones 3–9) loaded with red berries. (Note: This native holly is deciduous, so the leaves drop off to showcase the berries even more dramatically through the winter.)
Mexican heather contrasts nicely with tall swamp sunflowers.
The white hybrid tea rose ‘Full Sail’ and others in shades of pink.
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