Welcome to Lila Johnson’s garden!
My husband and I live in Mill Creek, Washington, about 20 miles north of Seattle. Our garden is always a work in progress, but we are blessed (I think) with several ecosystems: a butterfly garden that faces south and soaks up the summer sunshine; a shady, almost-rainforest garden with moss, ferns, hostas, and baby’s tears ground cover; and then the old mix of some sun, some shade.
Anna’s hummingbirds abound in our garden year round with the help of our feeder. Hardy fuchsias bloom through October (almost December this year) to add color and a food source for these dear birds.
As a native Northwesterner, I am partial to the shady garden with hostas, ferns, and moss! I also love taking photos of our garden but am not trained in any way other than my love of flowers and nature, which I acquired from my mom over 70 years ago. We are amateur gardeners and amateur photographers, but isn’t nature grand?
Any gardener in the Northwest better love moss! Here moss and snow decorate a tree branch.
The shady part of the garden is filled with hostas and other shade-loving plants.
A delicate Pacific Coast iris. The Pacific Coast irises are a group of species native to (big surprise) the Pacific Coast of North America. Plant breeders have hybridized various of these native species to create a wide range of astonishingly beautiful hybrids.
This fall tree is lighting up in the classic colors of the end of the gardening year.
A very different view of fall color. Sometimes a single brown leaf outlined in frost is just as beautiful as a whole tree turning scarlet.
A flowery bench invites you to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the garden. With the clematis twining through the back of the bench, I get the sense that Lila, like most of us gardeners, doesn’t actually sit here too often. We’re always too busy gardening!
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