Today we’re visiting Susie Talbot’s garden, reliving some beautiful moments of spring and summer.
Tulips afire! Sunlight coming behind these blooms sets them off with pure magic. I want to recreate this in my garden next year, so I’m going to go out when the tulips are in bloom and see where the sun is so that I can plant some tulips in the right spot next fall. I always like to make my fall bulb-planting plans in the spring, because by the time fall gets here, I don’t remember what the spring garden looked like!
Bearded iris blooms over a blue cloud of forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 3–8). Other perennials are pushing up to carry on the show.
A beautiful stone wall makes a serene backdrop to the garden.
June in the garden is a riot of color, with so many perennials at their peak. A hardy geranium (probably Geranium ‘Karmina’, Zones 5–8) dominates in the bed in the front, filling it with pink flowers and a sturdy, weed-smothering ground cover of foliage.
A sweet combination of tulips is in the softest of pastel tones. Their delicate beauty makes a wonderful contrast to the bold stones behind them.
Spring! A pink dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) presides over the garden to the left, while tulips fill the beds with color.
Later in the season the garden has filled in more, and a rabbit has come to visit.
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) bloom behind a mass of Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ (Zones 5–9). The epimedium has wonderful pale yellow flowers, but the delicate foliage that emerges flushed with red may be the most appealing aspect of this perennial in the spring. Despite their delicate appearance, epimediums are tough plants, well-loved for their ability to thrive in dry shade.
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