My garden is on the South Shore of Boston. Nearly all of these photos were taken in my backyard, which is enclosed with a fence to create a courtyard. My husband and I spend time there having breakfast and lunch on the deck.
I try to have interesting plants growing all year. These selections were all blooming in June, though the viburnum is best in May.
I love climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolatis, Zones 4–8) and have used it both on my pergola (pictured) and as a ground cover over a stone wall. The climbing hydrangea on my pergola is quite old and is taking over the structure. Every year I plan to prune it back after it blossoms, but I never seem to get to it! Maybe this year . . .
Succulents, both hardy and not, with sedum and a miniature hosta. I like to collect succulents, and I plant many of them in hypertufa pots I have made.
This Sargent’s weeping hemlock (Tsuga candensis ‘Pendula’, Zones 3–7 ) is a treasure. I have had it for many years.
I planted a selection of hardy succulents (Sempervivum sp., Zones 4–8) in a clay trough with red glass beads filling the spaces between the plants.
Rhododendron ‘Scintilation’ (Zones 5–8) has finished blooming, but bold foliage is still very attractive.
The doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum, Zones 5–8) in full bloom.
Close-up of the flowers on the doublefile viburnum.
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