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Glendon’s Rhode Island Garden

Scenes through the season

wide view of the garden with lots of bright flowers and colorful foliage

My name is Glendon Elliott. My garden is in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on Conanicut Island, where surrounded by water, we are always a bit warmer (or cooler in the spring) than our Zone 6 location.

vase with bright blue flowers and dark red foliageI was trimming some new growth on Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ (Zones 5–8) and noticed the shockingly intense blue of these irises. I cut the only two open (three might have been better) and put them in a vase with the Cotinus to what I think is a nice effect.

close up of bright red poppy and bright purple irisLook behind this eye-catching iris (Iris siberica, Zones 3–8) and poppy (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–9) and you’ll see the airy fronds of asparagus. Glendon likes using it at the back of the border for height and structure and says that this particular one sowed itself into this location.

close up of small orange flowers with purple flowers behindBrilliant orange Geum (Zones 4–7) flowers against a backdrop of purple irises

pollinator garden with pink and orange flowersPurple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) and butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 5–9) look great together and welcome countless pollinators to feed.

close up of pink and purple flowers‘Ballerina’ rose (Rosa ‘Ballerina’, Zones 5–9) and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Zones 5–8) make magic together.

wide view of the garden with lots of bright flowers and colorful foliageWeigela (Weigela florida, Zones 5–9), smokebush (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 5–8), bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8), and gateway Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’, Zones 4–8) make a beautiful garden scene.


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  1. Oxdriftgardener 05/31/2023

    The colors and textures of that cover photo are stunning!

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    vanhatalosuomi 05/31/2023

    Really nice garden. Thank you for sharing it :)

  3. user-7392754 05/31/2023

    Your color combinations are spectacular!!! I especially love the orange geum and purple irises!! Beautiful…all of it!!

  4. btucker9675 05/31/2023

    Yes - the orange geum with the blues and purples - gorgeous!!! Everything in the garden is just right!

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    simplesue 06/01/2023

    Great garden photography, beautiful compositions of a beautiful garden!

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    bdowen 06/01/2023

    Wonderful color combinations- I do love bright, warm colors.

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