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Favorite Photos from Chris

Highlights of the year so far

pink coneflowers in front of white Adirondack chairs

My name is Chris Buscemi, and I live in Wells, Maine. You have posted my photos in the past (see A Profusion of Pink in Maine). Here are some of my favorite photos this year so far.

pink coneflowers in front of white Adirondack chairs This is in my front yard. I planted a pollinator garden full of pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) and different-colored phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) and grasses. It is overflowing with bees, butterflies, and my favorite hummingbird sphinx moth.

wider view of the coneflower planting and white chairsChairs to sit in and enjoy the garden

small butterfly resting on a pink coneflowerA butterfly visits the purple coneflowers.

shade garden bed with purple flowers and bright ornamental grassMy favorite annual for shade is Browalia speciosa (Zones 9–10). Here it is blooming next to a big clump of Hakonechloa macra (Zones 5–9).

large, light yellow peony flowerIn spring my ‘Bartzella’ peony (Paeonia ‘Bartzella’, Zones 3–9) bloomed for the first time. I purchased it bare root three years ago.

black and yellow butterfly resting on lilac flowersA swallowtail butterfly visits a fragrant bunch of lilac flowers (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7).

large doublefile viburnum in full bloom in front of a wooden fenceDoublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum, Zones 5–8) in full spring bloom.

mass planting of purple coneflowersA sea of purple coneflowers

pink and blue spring bulbs in bloomAngelique tulips (Tulipa ‘Angelique’, Zones 3–8) and grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 4–8)


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  1. islandlover 08/03/2022

    Lovely! Coneflowers are simple, easy to grow, and beautiful. I have several colors in my garden.

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    treasuresmom 08/03/2022

    Love those coneflowers.

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    simplesue 08/03/2022

    I especially love your "sea of purple coneflowers", I have one struggling to grow and can't wait until mine look a little more like yours!
    I also love the Hummingbird Moths and am glad to know they like purple coneflowers.
    Your garden is looks so peaceful with the surrounding woodlands and those relaxing looking chairs!

  4. btucker9675 08/03/2022

    I don't know where to start... that peony.... that viburnum... I'm like one of the hummingbird moths jumping from one to the other of your beautiful plants!

  5. Maggieat11 08/04/2022

    Beautiful! 👍🍃

  6. carolineyoungwilliams 08/04/2022

    Your garden is absolutely beautiful Chris. I can certainly see why these are your favorites. Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing.

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