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Flowers From Sun to Shade

Filling the garden with blooms

My name is Linda Gelinas and I live in Orange, Massachusetts. I have been retired for about 10 years and have been gardening for about 35 years. I have about 25 perennial gardens on about an acre of land. I am definitely an amateur gardener. What I have learned about gardening is from reading and just plain experimenting with a variety of plants. I have a small greenhouse and plant perennials and annuals to sell in front of my home. I also separate my perennials each year for resale.

black-eyed SusanThis picture is of my side and back gardens. I grow lots of coneflower (Echinacea), daylilies (Hemerocallis), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), zinnia, and sedum. In the middle of the garden is a rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus, Zone 5–8).

white hydrangeaThis is my garden in the front yard. The center is a white hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zone 3–8), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zone 3–9), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), zinnia, fall asters, and coral bell (Heuchera).

shade gardenThis is a view of my backyard with my rustic shed in the background and lots of hostas and black-eyed Susan in the foreground. This garden is mostly shade.

plant container in the shadeThis planter is in my side yard and has lots of shade. I fill it with coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, annual), impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual), begonias, and Vinca major ‘Variegata’ (Zone 7–10 or as annual).

red impatiensThis planter filled with bright red impatiens is in my back side yard. I have lots of shade and lots of shade-loving plants.

sun-loving flowersThis garden gets lots of sun, so it is filled with sun-loving flowers. There are balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 4–9), daylilies, liatris (Liatris spicata, Zone 3–9), black-eyed Susan, and coneflowers. I am sure I have forgotten something.


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  1. mjensen 02/17/2020

    beautiful gardens, you have done awesome

  2. tmwg 02/17/2020

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. It is an inspiration to me!

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    meander_michaele 02/17/2020

    Hi, Linda, I really enjoyed seeing all the festively colorful blooms that fill your gardens. Looks like you have lots of varieties to cut and offer for sale. Do you usually combine things to make an already put together bouquet for someone to buy or do you always keep things separate and group like with like? I'd love to see a photo of your front flower stand when you are "open for business"...I'll bet it's quite fun and charming.

    1. user-7645917 02/18/2020

      I don't usually do bouquets for sale but I have done a few garden wedding with flowers from my gardens. I will gladly post my flower stand in the spring! I have quite a few repeat customers. Thank you for your interest.

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    treasuresmom 02/17/2020

    Everything is so pretty but that front yard garden is so amazing! Love those combinations.

  5. Maggieat11 02/17/2020

    A thoroughly enjoyable look into your gardens Linda! You have done a great job with your combinations and settings. How nice to have an acre of land and mature trees as your backdrops. I too, would like to see photos of your road side flower business this spring/summer. Wonderful! Best Wishes!

  6. puyalluppansy 02/17/2020

    Well done. Your love of plants and hard work comes thru as a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing.

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    simplesue 02/17/2020

    I just had to save your last photo to Pinterest- the one with those healthy established Balloon Flowers which I'm also trying to get established in my garden.
    Love the way the forest meets the flowers in your garden- the best of both worlds.
    Your garden is an amazing accomplishment- it's huge! and a very professionally done work of art!
    No way can you refer to yourself as an amateur gardener- you have years of experience and a garden to show it!

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    bdowen 02/17/2020

    What a beautiful garden and setting. I love all the colors, especially in the gardens backing up to the woods. Your hours of work are evident in these photos. But, how do you cope with the rabbits and deer?

  9. btucker9675 02/17/2020

    Your beautiful, colorful gardens sure don't look "amateur" - you are a pro! Thanks for sharing your wonderful shade and sun gardens. I had several varieties of balloon flowers in my gardens in northern NJ, but haven't had much luck with them here in NC. I will not give up because I just love them!

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      meander_michaele 02/17/2020

      Wow, that sounds like a fascinating app. Does it have a specific name?

  11. [email protected] 02/17/2020

    Have to echo all the above compliments and comments, and add that your Coleus is just striking! I like coleus but have kind of gotten to where I can take them or leave them, but that one in your container, I want! Great pix, great gardens. Thanks!

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    vanhatalosuomi 02/19/2020

    Thank you for posting your garden photos, its obvious you are doing a wonderful job creating a great space. :)

  13. user-5117752 02/20/2020

    Just love your gardens!!! I love the colors, the groupings, the variety and the photos!!! I was about to say that I particularly liked the photo of the black-eyed Susans but then, I went back and decided that I simply loved them all. And, I never thought about using that very large leafed coleus in a planter! I sure am stealing that idea this coming season! Thank you for taking the time to share!

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