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Gardening in the Wilds of British Columbia

A beautiful garden 20 years in the making

J. M. Byman shared these pictures with us today.

The pics are just a sample of the perennials in my gardens in a very dry location high above the Fraser River, about 25 miles from Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada.

It has taken almost 20 years to develop the yard. When we bought the property there wasn’t a house, hydro, or water.

Thanks for letting me share a few of my pictures.

spring flowering trees in front of mountainsSpring-flowering trees in the garden, with views of the incredible landscape beyond. What a beautiful, magical place!

 flower-filled garden bedThere is no shortage of flowers. A hybrid daylily (Hemerocallis, Zones 3–9) loaded down with blooms is surrounded by a true lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–9), yellow coreopsis (Coreopsis verticilata, Zones 3–9), coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 4–8), and blazing star (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9).

A path lined with perennialsHuge hostas dominate this shaded garden, showing off their enormous spikes of lavender flowers.

A garden bed on a hillsideThis garden is loaded with blooming plants, mostly in shades of white, green, and yellow to make a harmonious overall effect.

Bee on a white coneflowerA visiting bee on this coneflower bloom samples the supply of nectar and pollen.

A peach roseThe variety of this peach-colored rose is uncertain, but it looks like it might be Rosa ‘Oso Easy Peachy Cream’ (Zones 3–9).

A man holding two handfuls of huge carrotsNow that is an impressive crop of carrots!

A pink peony flower just openingPeonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–9) are classic flowers of spring, and perfectly suited to cold climates.

pink oriental lilyThis pink Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–9) is part of a group of lilies famous for their incredible fragrance and huge flowers. They thrive best where summers are cool.


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  1. PattyLouise 03/09/2021

    Wow! Those carrots! Beautiful flowers & beautiful photos! Lovely views!

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    simplesue 03/09/2021

    Looks like paradise to me- a beautiful garden with ornamental plantings and vegetables in the middle of beautiful scenery!
    In the photo with the blooming hosta there is a very intriguing large leaf to the right that I like...wondering what that plant is called?
    Your lilies are just amazing, such dense blooms!
    And I love all the stones you've used in the garden around your tree and the perennial bed!
    You've done a wonderful job with this land!

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    user-7007816 03/09/2021

    Beautiful garden in an amazing setting. I want to live my next life in BC.

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    treasuresmom 03/09/2021

    Oh, my. Just those few glimpses of the far off land is outstanding. And those carrots are out of this world. I bet they are scrumptious.

  5. btucker9675 03/09/2021

    Your gardens are gorgeous additions to the gorgeous surroundings. Looks like paradise to me!

  6. [email protected] 03/09/2021

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, and your spectacular views. Now please share how you have those great hostas, without wildlife devouring them?! Don't see any deer fencing, but perhaps you have dogs!

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    cynthia2020 03/09/2021

    Hi, J.M. Thank you for sharing your garden with us and please submit more photos later this year.

  8. user-5117752 03/15/2021

    Ohhhh! How beautiful!!! What a stunning view and gardens. Love that rock wall!!! So how were those fabulous carrots used or prepared????

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