Today’s photos come from Peggy Rupert.
Our garden is in Brookings, Oregon, on Pacific Coast. You can get a glimpse of the Pacific in the background of some of the photos. We moved here from Reno, Nevada, a year and a half ago. In Reno, I gardened for 48 years despite crazy erratic temperatures, drying winds, and cold winters. I am now gardening a mile from the ocean in a place with mild weather and an average of 76 inches of rain a year and am simply AMAZED at how things grow here!
Can you believe these enormous snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus, annual)? They’re over 6 feet tall! Notice as well that you can see just a bit of the ocean in the background. Snapdragons need cool weather and ample fertilizer and moisture to achieve these huge sizes. If you want to grow enormous snaps, you also have to choose the right varieties. Many modern snapdragons have been bred to stay short, so look for old-fashioned varieties or selections that have been bred for cut flowers.
An overview of the garden.
Containers and in-ground plantings complement each other. It is tempting to pack a million different plants into a container, but sometimes just one simple plant is perfect. Case in point: the simply wonderful pot in the center of this photo filled with hens and chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 3–8).
Hot-colored flowers and foliage lead you up to the front steps, with the monster snapdragons visible in the background.
A view down a lovely lawn. What a lush, peaceful paradise!
Color in the garden doesn’t have to come from flowers. Here a mostly green scene is accented by bright orange pumpkins sitting on the top of the steps.
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