Garden Photo of the Day

More from Lynn’s garden in Wisconsin!

Border in the back of the house. Red monarda (bee balm) with daylilies, lilies, phlox, and sedums. Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Lynn Nehring

Wow, Tuesday’s post featuring Lynn Nehring’s garden might be in the top 10 of popular GPOD posts! Inspired by your enthusiasm for her garden, Lynn sent me a whole new batch of photos to share with all of you. Her garden seems to be neverending…Lynn, you can just keep sending in more photos if you’d like…. **more info in the captions, and I’m sure Lynn will chime in in the comments, as she did on Tuesday.

Another bed on the lower lawn in the front of our house. Beyond this is the entrance into the shade beds in the woods.

——Winter is the perfect time to take a photographic stroll through the photos you took in your garden this year……and then send some in to me at [email protected]!

Taken from the backside of the lower bed in the last picture. In June this bed has many martagon lilies. In August phlox provide the color.
Allium add interest and color in early June, blooming just before the martagon lilies.
This is a dark corner by our front entrance (north side of the house) where nothing grows in the ground well.  I plant 3 huge containers with primarily perennials, adding a few annuals for color and they do great.
Little color in May.
Rockcress in May.
Korean angelica ‘Gigas’ in September along with the daisy-like blossoms of the ligularia.
‘Goldheart’ bleeding heart in May.
Astilbe ‘Taquetti Superba’
Winter gardens!
Can’t forget this guy!

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  1. perenniallycrazy 01/16/2014

    Thank you for sharing Lynn. You garden is like a Pandora's box with a million deliightful surprises in each vignette shared. I will certainly be looking forward to more photos and gardening insights from you in the future.

    Good luck with your speaking stint Michelle. Wish I could be there! Hoping for a miracle.

  2. user-1020932 01/16/2014

    well, tuesday was super and today is spectacular! i can't begin to imagine all the work and dedication with this garden but what wonderful results and satisfaction. absolutely beautiful.

  3. Lindafaem 01/16/2014

    Lynn, I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of your lovely gardens ! These today, and the ones the other day too. Thx for sharing with us. Like someone else said, even tho we are different zones, your gardens contain similar plants/flowers as we are able to grow in SW Wa state. Even w putting out lots of slug bait, I finally gave up on Hostas, they love them too much ! My place is esp damp, slugs are the biggest problem. I esp love the pic today, and the one the other day of the precious frogs ! I have a lot of not real frogs around, and a few that are. Thanks again, you and your husb have a wonderful and healthy year of gardening !

  4. bee1nine 01/16/2014

    Without a doubt.. Lynn's gardens should definitely be in the
    "Top 10" !!!

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    forloveofflowers 01/16/2014

    I would love to hear the process of turning some of the wooded and shaded areas into these beautiful beds.

  6. tractor1 01/16/2014

    Obviously a labor of love because there's lots of labor there. I love that winter scene.

  7. GardenGrl1 01/16/2014

    More beautiful garden photos!

    Thank you for the captions, I keep adding to my garden wish list for 2014!

    I would love to see some "before" photos, I know your garden took a lot of work & I would like to see your process. I have a lot to do in my own yard, I'm constantly looking for ideas & methods.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/16/2014

    So great. For all of the flower power in your garden, I can see at lot of texture and structure, too. I have to admit that I've always thought that the golden-leaved bleeding heart looked sickly, but you have changed my mind! It looks like a gold bullion superstar in your garden!

  9. user-1020932 01/16/2014

    lynn, i keep looking at these photos along with tuesdays and you have made a convert out of me. i've never been too flowery but your place is like stepping through the looking glass. total wonderland

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2014

    Lynn, you and Dick have certainly made inspirational use of your retirement years. I am so awed by the depth and beautiful balance of plant material in your long back border. The mass of red monarda serves as such an effective anchor with the rest of its neighbors providing the pleasing rhythm of repetition in colors, shapes and textures. It strikes me as textbook perfect... and shows me it can be done by passionate home gardeners. Your winter photo shows off the beautiful backdrop of deciduous trees and evergreens that also grace your property.

  11. GardenersWK 01/16/2014

    What a treat for the eyes this morning! Thanks Michelle and Lynn for getting these posted for us! I love your gardens and have phlox envy this morning! I could never grow phlox well in my gardens because of the soil and part shade conditions. What variety is that mauve phlox you have in your gardens Lynn?
    I love your perennial/annual combo for the north side ! I will steel that idea!

  12. quinquek 01/16/2014

    Absolutely beautiful. I love seeing the long border and the use of beds bordering the woods. I'd love to see any "before" or "during" photos to see how you got here. Many ideas to think about! (One being how to light a fire under the husband.)

  13. n2hostas 01/16/2014

    beautiful, now I really can't wait till my spring garden comes back to life.
    thanks for sharing your garden

  14. greengenes 01/16/2014

    We are all so blessed to be gardeners! We bless others with our creations all the while being blessed ourselves! What inspirations we have been given today! Lynn, you have done a wonderful job in all of this! Your use of color in large groupings of one color has been something that I have never done but I certainly will this coming spring. It seems to settle the eye, ancors the scene and brings a completeness to the sight. I have always been one who loves flowers and plants and purchases them without any clue of where its going to go and so my gardens are so full of different kinds that it is a unsettling feeling with your eyes full of eyecandy, jumping all around. hm... did I say that right? ha ha... So thanks for sharing and giving beyond what you can imagine! Have a wonderful rest of winter and a great spring and summer!

  15. CJgardens 01/16/2014

    Totally enjoy the additional photos. I really liked the 4th down on left with the alliums. Love the combination with the gold bleeding heart. What is the tall plant with buds in the back to the left? Another question, do the angelica 'gigas' reseed themselves?
    Really looking forward to visiting your gardens this summer.
    Carol Jean

  16. janeeliz 01/16/2014

    Your garden is lovely, Lynn. The masses of perennials make such a powerful statement. Wow...that is some beautiful angelica! . It looks very well-established. Do you get many babies? Mine makes it through some years and I've had a few babies; other years it has disappeared, but I can never be without one for long so the search begins for a replacement. It took me awhile to like/want 'Goldheart', bleeding heart. I think it is tricky placing that chartreuse/hot-pink comb...You found the perfect spot!

  17. GrannyMay 01/16/2014

    Thank you for sharing more of your extensive garden, Lyn. Your wonderful hostas, lilies, phlox, rudbeckias and alliums remind me of what is possible to achieve with hard work (and no deer!). You deserve a winter break!

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    HelloFromMD 01/16/2014

    Hi Lynn,
    Went back to see your earlier posting this week and posted this comment, which you wouldn't see so I am posting it here too:
    You are inspiring us to try Martagon lilies. They are expensive so I haven't yet. Has your clump increased on its own or did you make a major investment? How tall are they? Many have commented on what a good grower you are (all true), but its your composition that really stands out to me. You are an artist. Its your use of the short rock walls elevating the hostas that really lets them shine. Brings them closer to the eye. Fantastic gardens!

  19. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    CJgardens: 4th pic down on the left...the tall plants with buds are the martagon lilies.

  20. GrannyCC 01/16/2014

    Hi Lynn love these photos of your garden. I am very impressed with your layers in the borders. They almost look as if they are on a slope but I think it is just how you have laid out the beds. Beautiful selection of plants and the colours are stunning.

  21. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    Your comments are so wonderful! Thank you. I've never done this before but it has been great fun on this snowy, windy week. I'll look for some "before" pictures too. For a little history, when we moved here in 1986, there were two hostas in the front. The long garden in the back was established and I'm still using the phlox and monarda that were there. I'm sure I've given away a few hundred of each of those as well as the 'Autumn Joy' sedum that were here. There was so much shade elsewhere that we just started collecting more hostas and tried to put up with masses of mosquitoes. However, in 1997 there was a terrible storm that took many, many trees off the yard as well as ruined the woods. That created sun in areas that had had none. The mess was devastating but became a great opportunity to do more gardening. Over the last 16 years the trees have grown and the shade is increasing. In October we added a long, narrow garden on the east side of the property between the lawn and the new mound septic system. I'm saying it's the "last garden spot" and will try to stick to that.

  22. user-1020932 01/16/2014

    lynn, i have said the same thing: "the last garden spot" but we all know it's not true. i will look forward to photos of your NEXT garden spot! :) i wish i could visit along with Carol Jean

  23. NevadaSue 01/16/2014

    Lynn, thank you so much for sending more pictures. What a treat for the eyes. I'm mentally walking through your garden soaking in the beauty. The rock work in the picture with the "rock cress" is so perfect for the setting. The long bed in spring is beautiful and I like the astilbe in The large grouping you did. I may have to try some of it here in Nevada even though I only have a small spot of shade. You have done a magnificent job. So nurturing! :)

  24. ParkLandscaping 01/16/2014

    I am a huge fan of the Goldheart Bleeding Heart that you have pictured! I love how the bright colors pop from between the trees. Thanks for sharing your garden!

  25. ParkLandscaping 01/16/2014

    I am a huge fan of the Goldheart Bleeding Heart that you have pictured! I love how the bright colors pop from between the trees. Thanks for sharing your garden!

  26. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    tntreeman: Please do visit. Wisconsin is a beautiful place to visit and live.

  27. user-1020932 01/16/2014

    Lynn, thanks for the welcome ! however, if any of your Martagon lilies go missing,,,,,,,,,,,,well, "i don't know nothin about nothin" :)

  28. Meelianthus 01/16/2014

    WOW ! and I hate to sound brash, but what brand of steroids do you use on your gardens! (LOL) They are TRULY amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed every picture. Thank you Lynn

  29. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    HelloFromMD: You'll like this history on the Martagon's. They're about 4 feet tall. When the blossoms die I cut them back to the first good-looking whorl of foilage and they look good the rest of the summer, unless they're in too much sun. I have a huge cardfile of the plants I purchase. From 2000-2005 I purchased a total of 9 'Claude Shrides' from Song Sparrow, Plant Delights and Shady Oaks. They aren't always available. I believe Brent & Becky's Bulbs also have them. Another I'm growing, 'Mrs. R. O. Backhouse' is my 2nd favorite to 'Claude Shride'. In 2011, there were 170 blossoming stalks of 'Claude Shride' here. That's the last time I counted. They're in rich soil which I add a bit of lime to when I plant them as they like a slightly alkaline soil. We have divided them every 3-4 years. In one area of 4-year growth, I counted 32 bulbs where 5 or 7 had originally been planted. So, though expensive, they multiply wonderfully. The leaves do burn in hot afternoon sun.

  30. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    Meelianthus: The "steroids" are good dirt, peat moss, manure, leaves. Start with good soil! I think we're also in a microclimate of our own here with hills and woods around and lots of shade and moist air. Though the map says were close to zone 3, I think we're 4 to 5. The Zone 5 Astilboides does great here as well as many varieties of hakonecloa grasses; however they're late starters.

  31. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    NevadaSue: Astilbes demand water and rich soil. I give them composted manuare every year or two.

  32. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    TNtreeman: I do share things!

  33. wGardens 01/16/2014

    Beautiful! Mesmerizing, actually! Keep wanting to look, study, savor... if I ever get to Wisconsin.... oh, I would just love a VERY SLOW tour!

  34. user-1020932 01/16/2014

    lynn, i'm rolling here. i would never snag anyones plants but i do trade a lot.

  35. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    JaneEliz: One year I thought I'd just spread Angelica seed around and see if any would come!!! MISTAKE!! We pulled thousands of babies out in 2012. I try to keep 2-3 going in the areas I want them and pull the others. It's best to cut off the seedheads before any fall. They're so beautiful with their large purple heads blossoming when most things are done for the season. They've done well in the shade gardens in the woods as well. In gardening, much is learned from mistakes!

  36. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    GrannyCC: The entire place is on a slope...hills above hills and downhill in the front. We've tried to keep some of the beds level on the slopes as it makes for better walking and not so much washing with hard rains. Most beds are somewhat sloping regardless.

  37. satisfaction 01/16/2014

    GardenersWK & meander1: I do not know the variety of the phlox as their ancestors were here when I moved here. I'll submit a close-up pic of it. The bed in the picture with the red monarda in some years is mostly pink depending which plant we divide which year. Both the phlox and monarda must be watched as they multiply rapidly with good soil and adequate moisture.

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2014

    Lynn, thanks for the info on the tall phlox...sounds like a delightful problem to have with them being so generous in multiplying. So, do you ever have trouble with mildew on your phlox and monarda leaves or is more the curse of the south?
    That really is a glorious border. You have a wonderful eye for color compatibility and rhythm.

  39. satisfaction 01/17/2014

    Meander1: Some years mildew is worse than others. We do use a systemic fungicide on both but it must be done before the mildew appears. The mildew seems much worse in dry years on already stressed plants. Our plants are close together too which makes mildew worse.

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    meander_michaele 01/17/2014

    Lynn, I always so admire gardeners like yourself who are disciplined and wise enough to do the preemptive thing like applying the fungicide before the problem is glaringly obvious. I'm sure your plants thank you!

  41. cwheat000 01/17/2014

    Lynn awesome again! Another amazing daylily/froggie shot. Please don't go out in the snow, but do you know what variety that one is? You really have some daylily loving frogs, or do you think it is the same kooky frog? I too love the allium/gold bleeding heart picture. All your compositions are wonderful. Thank you for all the pictures and info.

  42. georgiapeach16 01/17/2014

    You have created a masterpiece! Thank you, I wish I lived closer to visit your paradise. In the 5th picture (containers by the front entrance) what is the central plant with the large, deeply cut leaves? Ligularia japonica? Thank you for sharing with us.

  43. satisfaction 01/17/2014

    GeorgiaPeach16: Yes, that is Ligularia 'japonica'. When I divide it from the gardens I save pieces in my holding bed to use in large containers. In the garden it is a great specimen if given plenty moisture.

    Cwheat000: Frogs are found regularly in the lilies and daylilies here. They also hang on the windows during the hot, humid weather. This daylily is 'Golden Tycoon', another lovely tetraploid which I got from Song Sparrow.

  44. GardeningRocks 01/19/2014

    Beautiful again Lynn! It is so clear to me how much you love your gardens! You must get great satisfaction each day to look around the world you have created. It is stunning!

  45. StaceySchuster 01/20/2014

    I love all of the pictures! Does anyone have suggestions for plants that will attract Cardinals in the winter months?

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