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Gardening in the Snowbelt

Favorite views of an Ohio garden

A pink dianthus blooming in front of an orange heuchera

We’re seeing photos of Deb Fitzgerald’s garden today.

I live close to the buckle of the snowbelt in northeastern Ohio. I’m blessed with a woodland, a wetland, and a pollinator bed, plus sun for perennials, which adds a zone in spots close to the house.

Mass of small pale pink flowersSpring vetchling (Lathyrus vernus, Zones 5–9) is a beautiful little perennial sweet pea. Unlike the more familiar species of Lathyrus this isn’t a vine, but a little perennial for sun or shade with loads of sweet pink (or magneta in some forms) flowers in the spring.

A fern front uncoilingA frond of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides, Zones 3–8) uncoils to greet the spring.

blue flowers with a yellow-leaved shrubPale blue grape hyacinths (Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’, Zones 4–8) and a yellow-foliaged spirea (Spirea japonica, Zones 4–8) complement each other perfectly.

Pale blue flowers sticking out of snowMany spring bulbs will take an unexpected late snow without missing a beat, as they are native to areas with volatile spring weather.

woodland garden in springThis wide view of the garden includes beautiful trees and many flowers in soft shades of lavender, purple, and blue.

A spruce branch with many small pink cones on itWe may think of conifers as just being green, but this Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis, Zones 4–7) has a moment with beautiful pink cones. These are the male cones, which produce the pollen to fertilize the female cones, which grow large and woody with seeds.

A yellow iris growing in a mass of lavender phloxWhat a better way to show off this yellow bearded iris (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9) than with a backdrop of creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera, Zones 5–9)? The combination is pretty magical.

A garden with several large rocks scattered through itI love the rocks in this garden, which create a beautiful effect.

A pink dianthus blooming in front of an orange heucheraWow! A dianthus (Dianthus hybrid, Zones 3–8) with silver foliage and magenta flowers looks even more brilliant against the backdrop of a glowing orange heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 5–8).

Garden view with lawn on the right and dry stream bed to the leftA low wet area is planted with things that love that.


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  1. nwphilagardener 06/01/2021

    A great group of photos! I loved seeing the richly planted wet area with the primroses, iris, cares and other plants I couldn't quite identify.
    But in the photo of the yellow iris amid a sea of lavender Phlox, isn't that creeping sunny Phlox subulata and not Phlox stolonoifera?

  2. criss_51__flower 06/01/2021

    Wonderful woodlands. I too live in northeast
    Ohio and know the weather well.
    Stones are one of my favorites to incorporate
    And you have done a great job of putting it all together. .
    Kudos to you and your gardening skills!!!

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    treasuresmom 06/01/2021

    Love spring flowers/bulbs in the garden. And that pic of the Muscari in the snow is exquisite.

  4. coastalgardener 06/01/2021

    Love, love, love your rock garden!

  5. cynthia2020 06/01/2021

    Deb - I especially like the wide views of your garden and the use of stones. Thank you for sharing!

  6. btucker9675 06/01/2021

    Your garden is perfection! Love the red cones on that oriental spruce. Beautifully done - thank you for sharing!

  7. Rebeccazone7 06/01/2021

    Gardening in the Pine Barrens sand of New Jersey, I am completely envious of anyone who can build a garden around rocks. You have done a wonderful job. Color me envious.

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    simplesue 06/01/2021

    OMG this is a gorgeous garden! So natural yet well groomed!
    What a cool close up photo of the Christmas fern and the iris in a sea of phlox! It's all super nice!

  9. sohappygardening 06/02/2021

    Well done! Beautiful shot of the Christmas fern. Different than most. Thanks for sharing.

  10. gardendevas 06/02/2021

    What a gorgeous garden! I also am in northeast Ohio. We are not quite in the snow belt, but I recognize our Mother’s Day snow from this year in your muscari photo. ;). Your rocky area is particularly splendid!

  11. sharonhook 06/06/2021

    Bravo! Your garden is different from most. Everything is super beautiful! The shot of the Christmas fern is great. Nicely done - thanks for sharing! I also want to mention a beautifully written article. You obviously have a talent for writing. I want to recommend your article to my students because I am very often asked to "help with my essay" and I recommend to everyone the site Now I will advise you to read your articles.

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