Today’s photos come from Ruth Anne Detwiler.
I’ve been gardening for about 20 years in southern New Jersey, but we’ve been at this house for just eight years. There was nothing here but three dogwoods, a few shrubs, and lawn when we first moved in, so I’ve been gradually adding evergreens, flowering shrubs, and perennials. As I’m getting older I have been moving to more shrubs and fewer perennials/annuals. But this past summer, I added several annuals on posts and tree stumps to add some height and fill in the bare spots. I especially liked the look that a few tropical plants added, such as the banana (Musa sp.) and ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa) in the front yard. Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia sp.) are my favorite small tree because they bloom for almost three months as they get larger.
Among the plants featured here are lilac crape myrtle, perennial ageratum (Conoclinium coelestinum, Zones 5–10), and dragon-leaf begonia (Begonia hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).
I glued half marbles onto this old door to make an accent piece.
Featured here are ti plants with impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 10–11 or as annual), dragon-leaf begonia, and crape myrtle.
Separating the front yard from the backyard is a gate flanked by enormous dark-red crape myrtles.
My husband built the arbor/gate, and the ‘Jackmanii’ clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8) blooms every June.
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