Today’s photos come from Elle Ronis, whose 15-year-old garden is remarkably beautiful and diverse.
Tufa is a porous limestone rock that is prized for making rock gardens like this. Combining the tufa rock with a well-drained soil mix creates the perfect conditions for many alpine and rock garden plants to thrive. Rock garden plants are prized for their small, compact forms and for the way many of them (as you can see here) go all out when it comes to flowering.
Around the deck, roses and dahlias lean in to share their beauty.
Roses and clematis are a classic combination. Here a Jackman clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8) showers its rich purple blooms over a red rose.
Rocks in the rock garden recreate the conditions that plants native to mountaintops are used to, and they also provide great visual contrast to the delicate flowers.
Hellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 4–9) are the stars of the late winter/early spring garden. They are tolerant of shade and drought, they resist deer damage, and they bloom when most of the garden is still dormant.
Adonis vernalis (Zones 2–8) is another plant that blooms very early in the spring. The standard form is a simple, bright yellow flower, but there are many unusual selections, such as this one with a very striking mass of green inside the yellow petals.
Tree peonies (Peonia rockii, Zones 4–9) display their stunning spring blooms, while a yellow rose (perhaps Rosa hugonis or a similar species or hybrid) blooms overhead.
With plantings all around, the deck is a beautiful space to sit and enjoy the garden.
These benches are almost being swallowed up by a massive, flower-laden rhododendron.
The huge flower and leaves of Magnolia ashii (Zones 6–9).
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