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Garden Paradise in the Mountains

Lush plantings make a magical space

Cathy Bachara sent in today’s photos from her garden in the Blue Ridge mountains in southwestern Virginia.

Densely planted perennials create a full, lush garden and leave little room for weeds to grow. In the foreground, pink-flowered spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum, Zones 3–8) weaves its way through the other perennials, covering the soil with beautiful foliage and flowers.

Stone paths lead through the garden, with views of the beautiful mountain landscape beyond.

coneflowers in the gardenIntensely colored hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrid, Zones 4–8) echo the color of the Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 5–9) beyond them.

threadleaf cypressPurple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) mix with ornamental grasses and yellow threadleaf cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Zones 4–8) to create a romantic, naturalistic display.

A simple wooden bridge stretches across the water feature, with views of the mountains beyond.

Who wouldn’t want to get a massage in this magical, relaxing garden?


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  1. mgol1068 08/19/2020

    Beautiful. Your pond is really very nice, and adds so much to the garden. Congratulations.

  2. Maggieat11 08/19/2020

    Beautiful and interesting. Like your addition of garden art to add interest and contrast throughout your garden. A great view too! Very inviting. Thanks for sharing.

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    treasuresmom 08/19/2020

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. cheryl_c 08/19/2020

    I love your water feature and 'bridge'.

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    pattyeckels 08/19/2020

    Living in SC the past 14 years, the only thing I have missed is being able to have gardens like yours and the ones I had up north. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your gardens. I love paths! I would even like a massage in your garden!

  6. btucker9675 08/19/2020

    Beautiful garden in a beautiful setting - thank you for sharing!

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    simplesue 08/19/2020

    You've made a beautiful garden to compliment your beautiful views. Love that water feature and bridge!

  8. vinksnojoqs 08/24/2020

    Good Blog for sharing the experience and knowledge mcdvoice

  9. Neha4 07/25/2021

    This is so nice and beautiful pictures fileexplorerwindows thank you to share your experience with us.

  10. Mashabear21 12/02/2021

    Very beautiful and refreshing.

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