Garden Photo of the Day

Looking Back at Last Spring

Remembering flowers past

Today we’re visiting with Colleen Meyer, in Neenah, Wisconsin. We’ve visited her garden before (Colleen’s New Garden), and today I’m sharing some photos she sent in of her garden back in spring of 2019.

Thank you for allowing me to share again. Here are a few pictures from my garden last spring. That season was very cool, and the flowers lasted so long. I live in Neenah, Wisconsin, have been gardening in this location for seven years, and learn something new every year. I continue to learn by trial and error.

yarrowOriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7) and yarrow (Achillea millifolium, Zones 4–8). These two reliable perennials for cold climates look terrific together! Just remember that Oriental poppies go dormant later in the summer, so plant them where other plants will cover the bare spot they leave behind.

'Coral Sunset’ peony‘Coral Sunset’ peony (Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’, Zones 3–7). Peonies are one of the great pleasures of gardens in the North. They won’t thrive in climates where the winter is too mild, so if they grow for you, treasure them!

pink peonyAnother peony, packed with lush, pink petals.

Allium christophiiThis wonderful ornamental onion (Allium christophii, Zones 5–8) has huge heads of star-shaped flowers. Allium are beautiful and, even better, are not tasty to rabbits, deer, or voles.

Clustered bellflowerClustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata, Zones 3–8) has wonderful dense heads of rich, purple-blue flowers.

FoxgloveThough foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–9) is a biennial, dying after it flowers and sets seed, it can self-seed in the right conditions so you’ll have its classic spires of beautiful blooms every year. Just be sure not to put down too thick a layer of mulch so that the tiny seeds have a chance to germinate and grow.

white crocusA white crocus, always one of the first blooms of spring.

helleboreHellebores (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9) are legendary for their ability to bloom even through the cold temperatures of late winter and early spring.

service berryA service berry (Amelanchier species) is just beginning to unfurl new leaves and flower buds. These native trees are beloved for their abundant white flowers, but this stage of growth is incredibly lovely as well.

Siberian irisSiberian iris (Iris sibirica, Zones 3–8) and chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zone 4–8)


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  1. mainer59 02/20/2020

    Lovely pictures! I have a question about your Campanula glomerata. Mine got so rampant that I have spent a few seasons trying to get rid of it in my Maine garden. It's underground rhizomes make it hard to pull when it invades its neighbors. Do you corral yours, or don't you have this problem?

  2. sagebird52 02/20/2020

    Great pics! my Campanula glomerata spreads - but I dig it up for gardeners who need vigorous plants. However the yarrow is more invasive though pretty. It now resides happily in my beautified alley strip .

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    treasuresmom 02/20/2020

    What a very pretty hellebore. Is it a named one?

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    bdowen 02/20/2020

    What beautiful colors! I had to go back and look at your earlier post- what a lovely garden you are creating. Thank you for sharing it. Looking forward to photos from this coming season.

  5. btucker9675 02/20/2020

    Beautiful photos - especially love the combination of Siberian iris and chives. Your garden is gorgeous.

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    simplesue 02/20/2020

    Nothing like a cup of coffee and Fine Gardening Photo of the Day post to start one's day.
    I'm totally inspired seeing your Foxgloves, and have bought some purple ones and after seeing yours I realize how pretty the pink is mixed in with the deep colors.
    Love your Campanula glomerata photo, it really is amazing!
    I sure hope mine grow as well as yours have.
    Your ‘Coral Sunset’ peony is amazing- I thought for sure it was a rose when I first saw it!
    Thanks for sharing all the beauty and inspiration!

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