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More in Sally’s Maryland Garden

More scenes from a magical garden

waterfall Japanese maple and surrounding garden in fall

We’re back today in Phoenix, Maryland, visiting with Sally Barker. She’s shared her garden with us on the GPOD in the past (Sally’s Garden in Maryland, Up Front , Sally’s Maryland Garden) but it has been a few years since her last post, and it is fun to see how her garden has evolved.

garden border against a layer of treesThis bed in the back of the yard includes variegated ‘Summer Fun’ dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Summer Fun’, Zones 5–9) and ‘Sikes Dwarf’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sikes Dwarf’, Zones 5–9).

close up of shade garden with hostas and pink flowersThis close-up of the back garden features hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 3–9), Tiarella (Zones 4–9), geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum, Zones 4–8), New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) for summer color, and ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Zones 3–9).

silver ferns planted with bright green hostasA side garden vignette of ferns and hostas and several gold bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ Zones 2–8)

shady seating area on small stone patioThis is a new side garden in a location where shade had prevented grass from growing. Rhododendrons give enclosure to the area.

front yard garden bed with colorful foliage and purple flowers

In this view of the front garden are catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8), Dianthus, lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8), golden juniper (Juniperus, Zones 3–8), and a purple barberry (Berberis thunbergii, Zones 4–8).

shade bed with lots of variegated foliage and purple allium flowersA shade bed with hostas, ferns, Allium, and variegated bishop’s weed (Aegopodium podagraria, Zones 3–10), which is considered invasive, but I love it here.

large garden bed with lots of hostas and other foliage plantsAnother view of this garden shows off the fabulous Hosta ‘Sagae’ and Carex ‘Ice Dance’ (Zones 5–9).

close up of rock covered in moss and other low-growing plantsA mossy rock is surrounded with self-placed sedums and lambs’ ears and a native goldenrod (Solidago).

A bunny statue peeks out of autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora, Zones 4–9), Epimedium (Zones 4–9), and Pulmonaria (Zones 3–9).

waterfall Japanese maple and surrounding garden in fallAnd here’s a favorite fall view of mine under the ‘Waterfall’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Waterfall’, Zones 5–9).


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  1. [email protected] 03/19/2024

    Your last picture is beautiful....looks like a painting! How do keep your aegopodium in check? I love it also but have it in a bed alone with nothing else and it comes up through the grass and even the gravel in the pathway!

    1. Oxdriftgardener 03/19/2024

      My thoughts exactly on the aegopodium. This is breaking all the rules but is beautiful. AT THE MOMENT!

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    user-7007816 03/19/2024

    What an amazing and beautiful space you have created.
    I'm inspired.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Oxdriftgardener 03/19/2024

    Be proud Mary! This is one beautiful, award worthy garden!

  4. fromvirginia 03/19/2024

    Lovely textures and a beautiful space. Thanks for sharing.

  5. MohawkValley 03/19/2024

    Beautiful again !

  6. btucker9675 03/19/2024

    This is an astonishing garden and sets off your lovely home perfectly. The view with the variegated dogwood and the photo of the mossy rock are two of my favorites. Thanks for sharing the results of your gardening talents with us!

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    simplesue 03/19/2024

    Such a pretty house & garden! I never saw a ‘Summer Fun’ Dogwood, until you posted here....I need one of those! Yours is just so impressive!

  8. nwphilagardener 03/19/2024

    I thoroughly enjoy your savvy plant combinations which truly allow leaf textures and healthy drifts to allow the beds to be far more than busy collections of plant that are growing luxuriantly. The gardens appear at ease but it is clear that they are so well maintained.

  9. [email protected] 03/20/2024

    That terraced dogwood is spectacular!! There is a viburnum that manages to bloom like that in terraces. It gets me every time. Love all your combinations. I also like that ground cover surrounding the tree that you say is invasive. I am not familiar with it, but it is perfect where you have it.

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