Today’s photos come from LeAnn Kirkpatrick.
Nestled in the snow and cold of the upper Snake River valley, this has been our home for 26 years. When we bought the house, the yard was mediocre at best. Every year I spent hundreds buying annual bedding plants with very mixed results. I’ve added a lot of perennials too. These are a few of my 2019 favorites.
This planting is at our front door. That pink and purple array is actually planted in three tiers of terra-cotta pots. The bright yellow dahlia is in the ground beside them.
Between our two garage doors is a self-watering pot with thunbergia (Thunbergia alata, annual), a peach-colored begonia, coleus, and white petunia! I was pretty proud that it lasted through several hard frosts.
With the plants in this image, I was trying to cover the neighbor’s old plank fence. The container is a heavy felt pocket overflowing with tuberous begonias and impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual). In the bottom I ran out of begonias and impatiens, so I used two petunias and a sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) which I ended up taking out because they didn’t enjoy the shade on the north side of the fence between the lilac trees. I will definitely be doing that pocket again!
A bright yellow columbine, probably Aquilegia chrysantha (Zone 3–9). A. chrysantha is one of the species of columbine native to western North America, so it thrives in those climates.
A beautiful rose looking its best.
The wild ancestors of our hybrid garden peonies come mostly from the dry, rugged interior of Eastern Europe and western Asia, so it is no wonder they are good plants for places with similar climates, such as Idaho.
Meanwhile, we are building a new house so that we can downsize and age in place, and I am trying to figure out how to create a stunning low-maintenance garden and landscape with perennials and with annuals I can grow in my cold frame/greenhouse. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Zone 4 at the foot of the Tetons is not the easiest place to find beautiful perennials that are hardy enough!
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