Garden Photo of the Day

Kathy’s garden in Connecticut

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

Today’s photos are from an old friend of Fine Gardening–Kathy Diemer, who was our editorial assistant years ago! Kathy was a fountain of great gardening knowledge back then, and still is today. I bumped into her a couple of weeks ago and begged her to send in some current photos of her garden and she obliged. 

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

She says, “Here are some images from my garden taken in early June of last year. The gardens cover approximately two acres of former farmland in Zone 5 in Sherman, Connecticut. When we moved here twenty years ago, the property was full of weeds, invasive shrubs, and discarded tractor parts. It has taken a lot of work, but with biodiversity in mind, I have created multiple gardens throughout the property that have continued to thrive even during difficult periods of drought.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

“The use of many native perennials and shrubs, along with some ornamental non-natives, has resulted in gardens that are relatively low maintenance (no pesticides, fertilizing, or watering) as well as seasonally interesting. Because I maintain all of the gardens, it is imperative that most of the plants be easy care. A stream runs through the entire property, so I’ve been diligent about using only native wetland shrubs and plants along the banks to minimize erosion, while preventing the spread of invasives.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

“There are hundreds of visitors to the garden every day, enjoying the berries and the habitats created for them. I hope the images will show that although it is early in the season (June), a garden can truly shine without much human intervention.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

Gorgeous, Kathy, as always. Thanks so much for sharing! **Kathy has a great blog––check it out! You can also learn more about her garden in this article she whote for FG a few years ago. Enjoy!**

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Diemer

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  1. user-1020932 03/26/2013

    trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, quiet seating area AND a picket fence! you have it all / looks like a Fine Gardening feature!. i am impressed daily by everyones hard work and creativity . beautiful

  2. user-1020932 03/26/2013

    just read Kathy's fragrant plants article and i'm the same way. right now i'm still enjoying the Daphne but it changes with the season. i'm always searching fragrant plants and stick my nose in almost every flower in bloom (it's a running joke with the guys on the landscape crew) most times i'm rewarded with the scent but sometimes i make a mistake! not ALL flowers are pleasantly scented but the ones that are make up for the mistakes i make in the garden

  3. wGardens 03/26/2013

    I'm lovin' it! Especially enjoy the contrast of the grasses against the tree and shrubs in the 3rd photo down!

  4. pattyspencer 03/26/2013

    Over the years with FG I have really begun to appreciate all the colors of green - there is no such thing as "just green". The pic with the bench is my favorite - it just asks to be walked daily.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/26/2013

    quite an artful and peaceful garden! so pleasant to view.

  6. bee1nine 03/26/2013

    I'm finding this refreshing (for a change) to view in a
    different perspective, having photo's capturing your handsome
    native specimens and attractive combinations along EDGES of
    your property!
    Enjoyed this very much! Thank you Kathy!!

  7. joycedaffodilhill 03/26/2013

    What a wonderful sight today, after snow, rain and sleet this was such a wonderful treat. Your hard work is well demonstrated. Thanks for sharing.

  8. brainbear 03/26/2013

    Absolutely beautiful gardens, I especially like the curves to the edges. The pictures are very relaxing to view!

  9. tractor1 03/26/2013

    I can't believe it, it's bad enough that the log in doesn't work, now my log in was lost just as I was about to send all I typed praising Kathy's submission... whoever is responsible for maintaining this web site is totally incompetant and needs to be fired! I won't buy any excuses about that's how it is and we need to live with this dreck.

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    meander_michaele 03/26/2013

    Kathie, all your pictures communicate a very appealing sense of serenity and soothing harmony with nature. Even though you have great variety in your plant choices, they all work together seamlessly. Does the stream you mentioned have a vigorous flow throughout the year or does it pretty much dry up during summer? I always envy properties that have a source of natural running water.

  11. caymanmama 03/26/2013

    Kathy, your way with a camera and a spade sure show in these photos. It makes me rethink what I'll do to plant the areas that aren't open to street view. We are so used to seeing a lot of perennial gardens jam packed with flowers, that this makes us realize that native shrubs can be just as beautiful with just a sprinkling of color! Thanks for the new ideas you've given us! Looking at these pictures makes one instantly chill out! Thanks!

  12. joygarden 03/26/2013

    Love the color palette! Did you PLAN the colors or were they a natural outcome of your taste in plants, colors, etc? Can you identify 2 of the details: The compact plum blossoms (annuals or perennials?)near the purple-leafed Heuchera? And the dusky purple orb in the photo with the bench (is it flora, or is it ornament? looks like a giant hovering grape!).

  13. Plant_Paradise 03/26/2013

    I love the combo of the deep burgundy, pin cushion flowers and exquisite foliage of the perennial Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' with the plum colored Heuchera.

  14. user-7006902 03/26/2013

    Beautiful! I love your stone edging/low stacked wall and the pops of hot pink throughout your garden. Wonderful arrangements of shrubs and perennials. I'm going for more shrubs. What a great get away this morning!

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