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Iowa Spring, Part 2

More spring blooms from an Iowa garden

Today we’re featuring more pictures from Kathy Schreurs’s beautiful garden in Sheldon, Iowa. See the photos from yesterday.

The addition of tall alliums (ornamental onions, Zones 3–8) has brought a pop of color to the strong green-and-white color scheme in this part of the garden.

Detail of the round purple flower heads of the allium.

Kathy says, “The sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–8) tends to be high maintenance—freezes out almost to oblivion occasionally—but I always replace it because it’s so lovely with the hostas. The brunneras (Brunnera macrophylla, Zones 3–7 ) add a touch of soft texture too.”

“The big blue hostas, the bright ‘Guacamole’ (center) and ‘Striptease’ (right) were not fully grown yet for the season. Adding color in the background is bleeding heart and, in the foreground, dwarf iris (Iris cristata, Zones 4–9).”

A soft blue cloud of Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum, Zones 4–8).

“I flirt with columbines (Aquilegia species and hybrids, Zones 3–8) of various colors, but they tend to lose their hybrid colors within a few years as they self-sow and interbreed in the garden.”

“My Siberian iris (Iris siberica, Zones 3–9) battle the shade and so are not prolific bloomers, but even a few of these blue beauties are a thing of wonder.”

“I also enjoy a blue mass of forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 5–9). I planted the first of these the summer my father died.”



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  1. user-7003263 04/25/2018

    Kathy, again - thanks for the pictures of your lovely shade garden. You must truly enjoy seeing this area every day. The soft colors you have woven among the greens and whites are the perfect touch for a perfect garden area.

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    meander_michaele 04/25/2018

    Hi, Kathy, your sharings today are definitely another round of delightful pictures...Part 2 did not disappoint. You have lots of my favorites...including the wondrous hosta, 'Guacomole'. What a winner that one is... I sing its praises all the time! I love the picture that includes a bit of the sweet woodruff, the alliums and white tulips among the hosta...each plant compliments the others so beautifully.

  3. garden1953 04/25/2018

    Just beautiful! Love your garden combinations.

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    treasuresmom 04/25/2018

    Everything is just beautiful. I especially love the forget-me-nots. I am zone 8b & should be able to grow them but they just don't like it here for some reason.

  5. cheryl_c 04/25/2018

    Kathy, again you have brightened our days with your gardens. So glad you decided to jump in and share, and that the 'sisters gardens' inspired you to do so. I love your combinations, and hope that you will send more pictures in the future of your garden in full late spring/summer glory and as the fall settles in on it. Thanks!

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