We’re visiting Linda Westmeyer’s garden today.
I bought my little house in Cleveland in 1983. I love flowers and gardening and had visions of creating an amazing landscape of flowers and enjoying a bountiful vegetable garden. Reality check: I was a single 28-year-old female with a very limited income. I started digging little sections at a time and took advantage of the rocks and driftwood on the shores of Lake Erie. I am still here and still planting—moving a little slower, but still looking forward to future planting!
A dauphin violet (Streptocarpus saxorum) is a beautiful relative of the popular African violets that makes a great annual for shaded areas and can easily make the transition to houseplant when frost threatens.
An archway welcomes visitors to the abundant garden beyond.
It looks like Linda’s vision has been achieved! What a beautiful and welcoming garden. The mass of dark blue and pink flowers in the foreground is larkspur (Consolida ajacis), which is a great, easy-to-grow annual alternative to fussier delphiniums.
Another view of the front garden. I love the romantic, informal, cottage garden feel.
A cloud of flowers fills the garden.
Spring in the front garden, with loads of tulips and daffodils mingling with carpets of creeping phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9). The lavender color of the phlox complements the warmer tones of the flower bulbs perfectly, and repeating the same variety of phlox all over the garden pulls the whole space together.
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