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Favorites from Anita’s Garden

Beauty from the past couple years

herbs and vegetables arranged into circle design

We’re in Yorkville, Illinois, visiting with Anita Drendel again. We saw some photos of her garden in the GPOD recently, and she’s back to share more of her favorites from the past few years.

wide view of garden with lots of red foliage and flowersI’m seeing a red theme here—bright red Mandevilla (Zones 10–11 or as an annual) in a red pot in the foreground, echoed by red flowers and foliage from shrubs in the distance.

herbs and vegetables arranged into circle designWhat a great way to display a harvest of vegetables and herbs from the garden! They are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious and nutritious.

Here’s where some of those vegetables come from—a productive raised bed. This bed is full of cool-season vegetables like lettuce and cabbage, no doubt to be switched out for summer crops like tomatoes and peppers as the weather warms.

statue in middle of flower garden bedA statue helps to water the garden.

wide view of garden bed with lots of flowersRed native columbines (Aquilegia canadensis, Zones 3–8) look beautiful with a deep reddish-brown bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8).

garden bed with bright pink and purple flowersThis weigela (Weigela florida, Zones 5–9), in peak spring bloom, is paired with the tall spires of lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–7).

red bird in the middle of a shrub starting to grow new leavesHow’s this for a beautiful garden visitor? A scarlet tanager rests in an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) in May, just as the hydrangea is starting to leaf out.

various foliage plants in a shade gardenSpring in the shade garden

close up of purple clematisDeep purple blooms from Clematis ‘The President’ (Zones 4–8) at the top, and another double-flowered clematis variety at the bottom


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    simplesue 10/27/2023

    Wow, I just love that photo of your metal gate with the two Clematis growing so beautifully on it- such a classic photo!
    Great photo of a Scarlet Tanager- wow- I've never seen on before!
    Your harvest display it fabulous- it's so artistic!

  2. [email protected] 10/30/2023

    Hi, I love your vegetable wreath, wonderful idea!

  3. anita55 10/30/2023

    Thank you so much. The Clematis is actually one plant, The President Clematis. It blooms singles on new wood and those beautiful double flowers on old wood.

  4. btucker9675 10/30/2023

    Wonderful garden - that veggie arrangement looks like stained glass, and that scarlet tanager... wow! I've seen them but they've never been still long enough to get a photo.

  5. user-7392754 10/30/2023

    Every single picture could be a postcard!!! I love them all! Thanks for sharing your beautiful yard!!!

  6. [email protected] 10/30/2023

    Okay- now I need to add The President to my wish list for clematis vines. All of y;our photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing, and also clarifying the clematis info.

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