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High Spring in Carla’s Garden

Blooms and foliage of the season

close up of Japanese maple with ferns behind

We’ve visited the garden of Carla Zambelli Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania, many times. Most recently she shared the early blooms of spring with us (Celebrating Spring With Carla). Today, we’re back to see the garden in high spring glory.

Spring has been beautiful this year, albeit cooler. A few of my favorite plant sales have returned, so I have been planting what can take the current weather and staging other plants in the greenhouse. The azaleas are blooming, and peonies are starting to open.

daffodils surrounded by lots of foliage plantsClouds of late daffodils are still giving lots of color, with the reddish new foliage of a peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) unfurling to the left.

white flowers behind pink flowersWhite daffodils (maybe Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Zones 3–8) and pink azaleas (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) complement each other perfectly.

red tulips with white edgesA brilliant cherry-red tulip (Tulipa hybrid, Zones 3–8) is edged in white.

yellow-green Japanese maple surrounded by fernsSpring is the best time to celebrate all the wonderful shades of green as new leaves open up.

metal flower garden sculpture in fernsA small garden sculpture sits amid the opening fern fronds (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 3–7).

close up of Japanese maple with ferns behindBright gold-green new leaves on a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) contrast with the darker green of the ferns behind.

plant with tiny pink flowers and speckled foliageThe delicate-looking blooms and foliage of this epimedium (Epimedium ‘Domino’ or a similar hybrid, Zones 5–8) belie its durable, easy-to-grow nature.

large flower with yellow center and light pink and white petalsThese gorgeous blooms of a tree peony are white dusted with the lightest possible shade of pink.

shrub with bright pink flowers surrounded by fernsThe bright pink of azalea flowers pairs perfectly with these ferns. Happy spring, everyone!


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  1. nwphilagardener 05/16/2022

    Lovely photographs of this time of year when everything feels fresh and new. Those Japanese maple leaves unfurl to vibrant color, even though many will relax into something less showy. I suspect the epicedium is not the cultivar 'Domino' but 'Pink Champagne'. Both have similar speckled elongated leaves early in the season, but "Domino' has clean white flower with a plum colored center. - no red or pink.

  2. Jay_Sifford 05/16/2022

    Beautiful. Don't ostrich ferns make everything a bit better? They are one of my favorite things about spring.

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      simplesue 05/16/2022

      Ahh yes Ostrich Ferns I love them!

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    simplesue 05/16/2022

    OMG that light pink tree peony! I wish I'd bought that color now! And I'm really love'n that Japanese Maple you have- so graceful in the edge of the woodland!

  4. user-5117752 05/16/2022

    Ahhhhh spring! You've captured it beautifully! Thank you!

  5. sheila_schultz 05/16/2022

    Beautiful as always Carla! Your combinations always make me smile.

  6. btucker9675 05/16/2022

    That tree peony blossom made my heart sing!!

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