My name is Emily Kozie, and I garden in Seattle on a small city lot.
Here’s a favorite photo from my garden. It shows my shrub rose ‘Lady Elsie May’ and the lily ‘Color Parade’ against the trunk of the birch tree in our front yard, but it showcases one of my showiest dahlias. I love dahlias, so my yard is at its best in late summer on into fall. It’s loaded with material for crafting bouquets, one of my other favorite activities. I do not know the name of the dahlia; it has been growing here for many years. I do not dig my dahlias every year in Seattle. It grows next to an unattractive chain link fence, making it easy to “stake.”
The big leaves of a coleus contrast with the narrow leaves of the Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9).
Brilliant dahlia flowers stand out against a backdrop of panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8).
Close-up of a delicately tinted rhododendron bloom
The rose ‘Lady Elsie May’ blooms against the white bark of a birch (Betula) tree.
The grass in the backyard is artificial—best decision we ever made. It even has “thatch” in it.
A birdhouse seen through the foliage and ripening hips of a rose.
Cheery sunflowers (Helianthus annus, annual)
This is our paver path from the driveway to the front walkway. Originally it was an area of lawn. We have gotten rid of all of our lawn. It’s planting beds, pavers, or artificial turf for us!
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