Today we are visiting Mary Spaulding’s garden.
I submitted photos of my emerging spring gardens in May 2020 (click here). I’d like to share some photos of our July-August Zone 3 gardens. Even though it was a very dry year, my husband’s diligent watering paid off.
On the west side of the house, hosta cultivars are shaded under a large old Amur maple (Acer ginnala, Zones 3–8). I would love to grow Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9), but our winters are too severe. A mass planting of Stachys macrantha (Zones 3–8) is on the left side.
‘Gold Standard’ and ‘Solar Flare’ hostas (both Zones 3–8)
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’ (Zones 3–9) has simple pink flowers produced in great abundance.
This longer view of the garden shows Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ (Zones 3–11) and Clematis on a trellis.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, Zones 3–9), white phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 3–9), and Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’.
Hemerocallis ‘Lazy Summer Days’ (Zones 3–10)
Astilbe (Zones 3–8) with Hosta ‘Solar Flare’, and Asiatic lily ‘Tyrol’ (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 3–9)
Clematis ‘Piilu’ aka ‘Little Duckling’ (Zones 3–8)
Stachys officinalis ‘Humelo’ (Zones 3–8)
Clematis ‘The President’ (Zones 3–8)
Wow. Truly stunning. I am already sad for summer’s closure. Go away snow!
Lush and beautiful gardens. Thank you for sharing.
Splendid! Love the lush happy flowers and winding grassy paths.
What a lovely, diverse space you have created. Great job!
Wow! Everything is so lush. Could you share some winter pics?
Thank you for sharing—your beautiful garden was inspiring. This summer my husband and I reworked an area, placing a slightly winding path (similar to yours) edged with perennials and shrubs into an area that changed drastically after a large, old tree had to be removed. As a zone 4b gardener, I’m sometimes a little envious of the lush plantings in other parts of NA, but your zone 3 is a reminder that beauty can surround us with thoughtful planning and careful attention to selecting plants suitable to the zone.
I just had to save the photo of your garden "on the west side of the house"...so inspiring, done to perfection!
An amazing garden and wow- in zone 3...I can't even imagine something so challenging.
What a beautiful garden - love the winding grass paths and that Nearly Wild rose is so pretty! These photos made me happy!
Mary - I enjoyed looking at all of your summery photos. Thanks for sharing!
Fabulous! You certainly have a serious weather challenge but you have tackled it with great persistence and success is. Great job!
Lovely photos of a fantastic garden! Thank you for sharing it!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden Mary. I love the choice of color and flowers. I've been considering doing a grouping of Hosta and your photo is beautiful.
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