My name is Laureen Stevenson, and I live in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, in Zone 3. Here are some garden pictures of my yard this year.
You might think gardening in frigid Zone 3 (where the average winter low is somewhere between –30° and –40°F/–34° and –40°C) would be difficult, and I am sure it is a challenge, but Laureen’s garden is absolutely filled with flowers. Here pink roses pair beautifully with petunias and other annuals, all flowering their heads off. Though northern summers are short, the days are long, which helps many annuals perform magnificently.
A wagon load of blooming petunias. They look to be the varieties ‘Vista Silverberry’ and ‘Vista Bubblegum’.
A wide view of Laureen’s garden, loaded with color from bright blooming annuals.
An ocean of blue annual lobelia. Annual lobelias prefer cooler weather, and these clearly are happy in this northern summer.
More annual lobelias growing at the base of a pink-flowered black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata, annual)
Fluffy double-flowered hollyhocks (Alcea rosea, Zones 3–8)
Yellow blooms of annual bidens (Bidens ferulifolia) attract a bumblebee backed by more blue lobelias.
This wreath of succulents looks like green flowers. In climates where they aren’t hardy outside, succulents like these can be overwintered indoors on a sunny windowsill or under lights.
A container of annuals blooms so densely that they almost look like a bucket of cut flowers at a flower market!
A magnificent sunset over a “flower” made of flowers.
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