Today we’re in Hobart, Indiana, visiting Joe Messina’s beautiful garden. Joe’s been gardening for about 30 years.
This antique bearded iris (Iris germanica hybrid, Zones 3–8) variety originated over 100 years ago. Old-fashioned irises have smaller, simpler flowers than the ruffled modern varieties and often are more vigorous and healthy. You don’t survive over 100 years by being a wimp!
These dianthus hybrids bloom for Joe practically all summer, with masses of baby-pink flowers.
Invicibelle Spirit smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zone 3 – 9) is a beautiful pale pink version of the classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. Generally healthy and carefree, they’ve unfortunately started dying off for Joe this year.
Joe keeps the front planting simple and elegant with these Incrediball hydrangeas. Another selection of the smooth hydrangea, this plant looks very similar to the classic ‘Annabelle’ with huge white heads of flowers, but it is notable for strong stems that don’t flop over with the weight of all those flowers.
These liatris are a beautiful accent flower to any garden.
The view of the garden from an upstairs window. It is always great to consider how a garden will look from the windows of your house because that is how you’ll be seeing it a lot of the time.
Another view from above, showing the beds packed with healthy, colorful flowers.
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