Today’s photos come from Robin Sams.
My garden is blessed with a dozen tall pine trees and waterfront views, but it is challenged with flooding from hurricanes. I have good soil and a Zone 8 climate. The front yard is mostly a spring garden of azaleas and camellias with wide pine straw beds we designed to camouflage falling pine cones.
Behind the bench I planted a coral bark Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9). The red foliage is another new Japanese maple tree.
I love planting blue and white pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, annual ) in early fall and enjoy their blooms throughout the winter until late spring. The pink blooms are the Encore azaleas. My husband built me this tall bird feeder with a copper roof.
Here are two unusual peonies that came from Terra Ceia, a nursery in Plymouth, North Carolina.
My favorite peony, the very fragrant Festiva Maxima (Zones 4–8). The peonies don’t mind floods at all. Hear more about some of the Fine Gardening editors’ favorite peonies in the Let’s Argue About Plants podcast.
Here in the backyard I have Clematis ‘Henryi’ (Zones 4–11) with large white blooms beside roses and burgundy foliage loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense, Zones 7–10), another clematis with lavender blooms and lettuce plants.
Knockout roses line my front staircase, underlined with blue and white pansies and blue bedding plants.
I love tall blue Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as annual), a garden gift from a friend. It is nice in front looking through it at the daisies. I’ve been transplanting it all through my garden.
A better look at my daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9). I deadhead them to keep them looking fresh and to promote more flowers. These plants are several years old.
I wanted to plant water lilies in the canal beside our property, but turtles devoured them. So I planted a water lily and a lotus in a 100-gallon horse trough I bought at Tractor Supply. I also added koi fish to eat mosquitos. This has been so much fun in my backyard! I can bend over and easily see the water lilies and the koi. I’ve done this for two years now. I just leave it be in the winter, and the fish hibernate. It didn’t seem practical to dig a pond that would get flooded and wash out the fish.
I really enjoy my shade garden on the hottest days. I love white flowers. The variegated foliage plant is a lovely blue lacecap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) that I grew from a cutting from a relative’s plant. I have many shade lovers growing here under a bay tree and a large pine tree. You can see Pembroke Creek in the background. See more about propagating plants like hydrangea with softwood cuttings.
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