Grete sent us these photos all the way from western Norway. Despite being extremely far north, Norway has a surprisingly mild climate, thanks to the warmth brought in by the Gulf Stream. That same weather pattern brings huge amounts of rain—an average of 90 inches per year. (For comparison, famously rainy Seattle only gets an average of 37 inches per year.)
As the photos Grete sent show, this is a climate suitable for gorgeous gardens!
Masses of peonies (Paeonia species and hybrids, Zones 3–8) in full bloom steal the show this time of the year.
Numerous low-growing shrubs make a dense tapestry of green that is beautiful and requires very little maintenance.
In this image, taken from from the same viewpoint as the previous photo but in fall, the evergreen shrubs mix with the brilliant color of Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) shifting into their fall color.
The beautiful, rugged Norwegian landscape makes an incredible backdrop for a camellia (Camellia sinensis, Zones 7–9) shrub loaded down with pink flowers. This plant witnesses to the incredibly moderate climate. Camellias are not very cold tolerant and are best known in the United States in places like South Carolina, yet they are thriving in this garden that is as far north as Alaska.
In this garden in spring, numerous dwarf rhododendrons come into bloom against a diverse backdrop of evergreen and deciduous shrubs.
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