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Giant Snapdragons!

A gardener loves her new climate

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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    treasuresmom 07/13/2018

    I love your little slope & how you have planted it!

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    meander_michaele 07/13/2018

    How nice to read about your happy adjustment to your new locale, Peggy. I can well imagine what a kick and a half it is to have plants grow so exuberantly . Frankly, your enthusiasm and joyfulness about your new gardening experience was contagious and I smiled and nodded while reading your comments and looking at your pictures. Thanks so much for sharing your delight.

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  4. cheryl_c 07/14/2018

    You have shown your great skill by being able to adapt to such a huge change in the environment in which you garden - masterful! So glad you sent in these pictures. Hope to see more in the future. I love the way your garden looks as though it belongs to its environment, and your use of the lay of the land and natural materials is stunning.

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    CrystalBLibby 01/30/2019

    You have a truly beautiful garden and house - thanks for sharing.

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    AnnaMartinez 07/29/2020

    Thanks for sharing this information!

  8. CharlesBrown34 08/07/2021

    I am eagerly waiting for my snapdragon flowers to grow up as I planted them a month ago. I would like to get online. I am sure those plants will give a new look to my home. Thanks for sharing this amazing picture of my favorite plants.

  9. Scor1979 04/16/2023

    I quite like ornamental flowers. You can play basket random and complete your basketball missions.

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