Today we’re visiting York, Maine, to see some photos from Martha Fenn King’s garden.
So much of gardening is about embracing and enjoying what loves to grow in your local climate. In Maine, lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–8) grow so happily that they are practically weeds, but for much of the rest of North America, they collapse at the thought of summer heat. Wherever you garden, there are beautiful plants that will thrive for you, and great gardeners find those plants and grow lots of them.
The tall spires of lupines really are lovely. If you love these plants but have hot summers, you can often have success by treating them as annuals. Plant them in the fall, enjoy their flowers in the spring, and then let them fade away.
Peonies (Paeonia hybrids, Zones 3–8) are another classic plant of northern gardens. In warmer climates, they tend to be weaker and fail to thrive. If you have the conditions for them, plant peonies like crazy! (See our article with an expert picking some of the best varieties here.)
A beautiful bouquet of flowers with a backdrop of the vegetable garden in spring.
Red-stemmed Swiss chard is as beautiful as it is delicious.
A sunflower (Helianthus annuus, annual) just beginning to open.
The only thing better than one sunflower is lots of sunflowers! Easy to grow nearly everywhere, beautiful in the garden, great cut flowers, abundant food for pollinators, and nutritious seeds for birds—what’s not to love?
And some wonderful dahlias, perfect in the garden or the vase.
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