We’re back for day 2 of Elaine’s spectacular garden. Creating this garden from an empty 1-acre lot has been a project more than 40 years in the making, and the results are incredible.
It is all about the foliage. Variegated and yellow-leaved shrubs dominate this scene, and the effect is magical—simple, effective, and very low maintenance.
A bird bath nested between shade-loving perennials. I wish I had as beautiful a spot to take a bath as the birds in Elaine’s garden do!
Rhododendron in bloom, with the bright flowers of red buckeye (Aesculus pavia, Zones 4–8) in the background.
Sometimes we gardeners spend too much time looking down at the ground and not enough time looking up to enjoy the magic of sunlight filtering through the leaves of our beloved trees. This photo makes me want to go out and look at my garden differently.
The vertical spire of a foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–8) in flower echoes the strong vertical lines of tree trunks behind it.
Fragrant trumpets of a lily, probably the regal lily (Lilium regale, Zones 4–8).
Feathery plumes of astilbe (Astilbe sp.) flowers, with the bold leaves of a ligularia (Ligularia dentata, Zones 4–8) behind it.
A tapestry in green, no flowers required.
Double-flowered breadseed poppies (Papaver somniferum, annual).
The deep, rich blue of this container sets off the foliage of the perennials and shrubs around it.
Foxtail lilies (Eremurus sp.) look like they’re glowing as they catch the sun.
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