Today we’re visiting Teresa Maxey’s garden in Chester, Virginia.
I’ve been an avid gardener for more than 40 years. I started this garden from scratch 21 years ago. I first marked off the outer edge beds and left the middle open for my son to play baseball and lacrosse. As he got older I added the island beds. I have many varieties of perennials, but my hydrangeas are my absolute favorite. My husband loves to give garden tours!
Wide view of the garden, showing the island beds that Teresa created as the lawn was no longer needed as a play area for her son.
Incredible rich, deep blue hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9). The bluest hydrangeas result from the combination of the right varieties and an acidic soil. Clearly these are very happy!
Warm daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4–9) blooms dominate this section of the garden.
Looking across the garden to a huge rhododendron in full, spectacular bloom.
A cute little garden resident made out of pots rests next to a rose bush in full bloom, with blooming amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids) at its feet. Though amaryllis are usually sold to grow and bloom indoors, there are quite a few varieties that are actually hardy outside in Zones 7 and warmer.
It is easy to see why Teresa’s husband loves giving tours of this beautiful garden!
Bigleaf hydrangeas don’t just come in shades of pink or blue. These are flowering in crisp white.
Daylilies in the foreground, with the blue of the hydrangeas in the distance.
Peonies showing off as only peonies can! (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8)
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