Beth Tucker shared her previous garden in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with us before. In that post, she showed us how it looked in winter, but today we’re visiting this beautiful little garden in spring.
In a small, wooded part of the garden, the native great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum, Zones 3–8) blooms. The green stripes in the petals on the flower on the right are caused by an infection that trillium are prone to. It can be pretty, but if you have a lot of trillium in your garden, you might want to remove any plants showing infection before it spreads to others.
Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9) blooms in the woodland garden.
Another common native plant of the eastern North American woodland, Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum, Zones 4–9) is a beautiful plant that deserves a place in more gardens. The unusual flowers will be followed by big masses of bright red berries later in the year.
Azaleas and lilacs line one side of a pathway behind the garage leading to the back garden area.
Spooky is a semi-feral cat that Beth and her neighbor had neutered and then took care of together. Spooky took a great liking to Beth and would walk with her little dog every day.
The David Austen roses along the front walkway were making a good comeback following Super Storm Sandy, which destroyed the previous arbor. After the damage from the storm, Beth had to prune the roses back to under a foot, but they came through like champs. The lavenders along the path were laden with blooms and fat bumblebees during spring and early summer.
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