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Joanne’s Nova Scotia Garden

Dallies and more

large pink daylily flowers in front of a mass planting of smaller yellow flowers

Today we’re visiting Joanne Eddy’s garden.

Our property is just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, and when we bought the house, it was basically a big blank slate. A few trees were on the property itself, but they were surrounded by woods on the edges to give great privacy. I started all the gardens from scratch, and my main focus has been daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, hardiness varies by cultivar, but generally Zones 3–9). I’m part of the Nova Scotia Daylily Society; however, I really like to make gardens that look good in the off-season too (winters are long in Nova Scotia), so when my perennials fade in the fall, that big front garden still has structure from the evergreens and hydrangeas. I also don’t plant only daylilies, I try to combine them with other perennials to give more interest, color, and texture to the garden space. I have far too many ideas and not enough time, as I have a young daughter and she needs me too. I’m also a member of the Hammonds Plains Area Garden Club (shout out to them).

I’m basically self-taught. My mom always had flowers, and I think when we bought this house in 2008 it was a no-brainer that I’d garden the heck outta the yard. There are still many more garden beds to be made, but I’m happy to have a lot more to do and to expand.

flower garden during a vibrant sunsetStunning late-summer sunset over the garden, filled with blooming daylilies and panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8)

large garden bed with various white, pink and orange flowersDaylilies are putting on their summer show. In the bottom left corner is the variety ‘Emerging Star’.

large pink daylily flowers in front of a mass planting of smaller yellow flowersHemerocallis ‘Driftglass’ is one of Joanne’s favorites. Behind it is soft yellow threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’, Zones 3–9).

yellow and orange flowers behind a shrub with purple flowersIn summer, the garden is filled with flowers, but you can also see the various shrubs that ensure there is still structure and interest in winter.

close up of cream and pink daylily‘Royal Charm’ daylily is usually one of the first to bloom in the garden.

close up of pink speckled daylily‘Spotted Fever’ is an unusual daylily variety with double petals and a speckled color.

close up of three yellow daylily flowersOne of the great things about daylilies is their sheer diversity of flowers. This ‘White Juan’ has a totally different shape than ‘Spotted Fever’.

close up of dark purple and pink irisesIt isn’t all daylilies. These Siberian iris (Iris siberica hybrids, Zones 3–8) are gorgeous.

garden in fall with fall foliageIn autumn, trees and shrubs take over for the perennials.

garden and garden shed covered in snow in winterOn this Nova Scotia winter day, the garden shed and shrubs look dreamy covered with snow, while the daylilies rest underground until summer returns.


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    vanhatalosuomi 09/12/2022

    Thank you so much for posting. Yours is by far the closest example of our gardening situation and climate that I've yet seen on GPOD.
    I have become enamored with hemerocallis too and this spring created a unique bed highlighting them, along with iris and several other perennial companion plants.
    If I should be so fortunate to end up with anything close to the display you have created, I will be extremely thrilled.
    Already, though, they have delighted me this first year.

    Thank you so very much for posting!

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      cynthia2020 09/12/2022

      Your posting reminded me to look at your website - I glanced through and caught your comment about Verbena bonariensis (love it, too - but never had the right place for it) and saw your wood deck which is gorgeous.

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        vanhatalosuomi 09/13/2022

        Thank you, for your kind words. Wishing you continued success in your garden and happiness throughout the year,

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    simplesue 09/12/2022

    Your first photo with the sunset "late-summer sunset over the garden" is so dreamy and beautiful!
    Your whole garden is a real work of art, very successful arrangements in such huge flower all works together nicely!

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    cynthia2020 09/12/2022

    Joanne - I enjoyed reading your gardening story and looking at all the photos. Your post reminded me of pleasant visits I've had to Nova Scotia and the wonderful outdoor scenes and the friendly people. Thank you for sharing!

  4. btucker9675 09/12/2022

    The day lilies in the sunset photo mirror the colors - just beautiful!! You've made a great garden and I'll bet it just keeps getting better and better.

  5. cheryl_c 09/12/2022

    You've done a beautiful job creating your gardens. I hope you send updates as you keep developing your gardening area. I especially love Driftglass even though I am not normally a daylily fan. Thanks for sharing.

  6. fromvirginia 09/13/2022

    Such beautiful plantings. And that first picture with the sunset is just perfect.

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