Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Jewels

Precious plants in a collector's garden

We shared some wonderful photos from Elle Ronis earlier (check it out here), but the images we posted are just a few of the many wonderful pictures and plants she sent in, so I’m happy to share some more of this wonderful garden today.

clematis and rhododendron

I’ve seen many wonderful combinations of clematis and roses, but this is an excitingly different take, with a clematis running through a rhododendron. The combination of the two blooms is wonderful.

Anemonella thalictroides ‘Betty Blake’

Anemonella thalictroides ‘Betty Blake’. Anemonella is a little woodland spring ephemeral native to most of the eastern half of North America. The cultivar ‘Betty Blake’ is a wonderful double-flowered form of this wildflower.

Clematis ‘Tie Dye’Clematis ‘Tie Dye’ (Zone 4 – 9). This sport of the classic variety ‘Jackmanii’ with beautiful striped petals.


A slipper orchid, Cypripedium. There are species of slipper orchids native to much of the Northern hemisphere, and they can be quite difficult to cultivate in gardens, as they often have very specific requirements. Never transplant slipper orchids from the wild, but nursery propagated species and hybrids are available from good nurseries, and can be a stunning addition to a shade garden.

Glaucidium palmatum

Glaucidium palmatum (Zone 5 – 7) is a stunning shaded perennial from Japan.

clematis on teepees

Elle grows a lot of clematis on teepees, a wonderful way to display these beautiful climbers.

‘Invicibelle’ is a pink flowered version of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zone 3 – 9). This is a beautiful version of a dependable, easy-to-grow plant.

By the way, if you’ve been thinking about submitting to the GPOD, but never have, now is the time to do it! We get the fewest submissions in the winter, so now is when you’ll have the best chance of getting your post up on the GPOD.


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    meander_michaele 12/27/2019

    I love the repetition of the clematis scampering up the teepee structures which are, in turn, surrounded by lower growing interesting perennials. It makes me feel like I'm at a delightful garden party with all sorts of captivating guests.

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    treasuresmom 12/27/2019

    Wow! Love it all.

  3. cheryl_c 12/27/2019

    Love that Japanese wood poppy, and it looks like it is loving being in your garden. All your photos are so inviting. I love the clematis with the rhodie - how wonderful they bloom at the same time! Good planning!

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    simplesue 12/27/2019

    So refreshing to see these photos of your garden on this late December day! Everything looks so healthy and beautiful.

  5. btucker9675 12/27/2019

    Love the Lady Slippers!!

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