Mary Spencer is sharing her garden with us today.
I have lived in Westminster, Maryland, for 22 years and have been gardening the entire time. My garden has been a lifeline for me this year. I have a lot of shade.
Nothing says spring like pansies and violas (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual). With an enormous color range, complex flower patterns, and a cheerful tolerance of cold weather, they are a delight in any garden!
A huge ‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 3–9) takes center stage with glowing yellow-green foliage. The darker greens of the hostas around it really set off the bright color of the leaves.
A beautiful scene of spring with a dogwood in bloom above azaleas. The dogwood looks to be one of the hybrid varieties, perhaps Cornus ‘Aurora’ (Zones 5–9), that boast excellent disease and pest resistance along with over-the-top flower displays like you see here.
I love the subtle color combination in this pot. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, Zone 11 or as an annual), and a heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 5–9) all bring foliage in subtle shades of copper and brown, making a great backdrop for the white New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).
In this bed, an edge of colorful pansies glows against a backdrop of variegated foliage.
Looking through the blooming branches of a doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum, Zones 4–8), we can see a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and more of the woodland garden behind. I love views like this in a garden, where the scenes beyond are partially obscured, giving a sense of surprise and anticipation to the whole view.
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I love the tall fern behind the variegated hosta with the caladium in front. I tried to grow the caladium from bulbs, but alas the chipmunks had other ideas. I'm in love with the pot..it would get center stage. I also enjoyed the guy behind the Sun King...
That dogwood is amazing!
Your Sun King’ aralia really got my attention, with those dark stems and bright leaves and doing well in a pot!
I agree with "Treasuremom": your Dogwood is amazing, never saw one with so many big flowers!
It was nice to see your garden, so relaxing in the woodland setting and interesting with all the details you've added in the garden!
So much beauty - the dogwood and that viburnum especially. Pansies!!!
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