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More of May in Carla’s Garden

Spring beauty continued

green lotus peony

Yesterday, Carla Zambelli shared the abundance of spring in her Malvern, Pennsylvania, garden with us, and today we’re back to revel in even more of the beauty of this time of year.

old-fashioned weigela with pink flowersNewer weigela breeding has emphasized small, compact forms, often with colored foliage, but it is hard to beat the sheer abundant floral display of larger forms, like this gorgeous old-fashioned weigela (Weigela florida, Zones 5–9), which make a fountain of bloom each spring.

close up of pink rosesI can almost smell this beautiful old rose through the computer screen!

close up of deep red peony flowerPeonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) come in a wide range of colors, and this deep, rich red is particularly striking.

green lotus peonyThis really unusual peony flower looks like the cultivar ‘Green Lotus’, which has these interesting tattered petals for a completely different look.

close up of cluster of lilacA perfect, fragrant cluster of lilac (Syringa sp., Zones 3–8) blooms

pink weigela behind plantings of foliage plantsThe cascading flowering branches of weigela tumble down into the beautiful foliage of ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 3–7) and a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).

close up of pink old-fashioned roseAnother magnificent old-fashioned rose, with layer upon layer of pink petals

close up of foliage plants in the gardenLayers of foliage make this garden scene, with a Baptisia (Zones 3–9) just coming into bloom.


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  1. Oxdriftgardener 05/30/2023

    Beautiful again!

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    simplesue 05/30/2023

    Your weigela with the Japanese maple and large fern is such a pretty scene, and so is the Baptista with the old sundial!

  3. user-7392754 05/30/2023

    So pretty!!! Looks like a fragrant filled garden!!! Loved seeing the Baptisia. I planted three but they are taking their time filling in. Hope mine looks like your someday!

  4. sheila_schultz 05/30/2023

    Oh my, your weigela are exquisite, and that lilac makes me swoon with lovely memories of my youth and our dear neighbors lilac bushes. Your gardens are perfect, Carla. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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