Today’s photos come from Charlie Benedick, who is remembering a former garden in Virginia.
We began by adding shrubs, trees, and then perennials. Then we added a patio. It was my dream garden. Sadly, we were only able to live here three and a half years before moving on. I hope the new owners love this garden as much as I did. I miss it every day.
From this view of the front garden, it’s hard to believe that this was nearly a blank slate when the gardeners arrived!
The patio looks like a wonderful place to relax and is surrounded by a beautiful planting with color coming from a range of different foliage types.
Containers of annuals bring in an extra jolt of color.
Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) loaded down with flowers.
These hardy geranium (Geranium sp., possibly ‘Rozanne’, Zones 5–8) flowers are beautiful from this angle.
A huge stand of bright bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–10).
A mass of loose, informal annuals growing together creates the feel of a romantic cottage garden.
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