Garden Photo of the Day

More Time With the Color Green

revisiting a calm, beautifully designed garden


We’re back for a second day in Ruth Kenworthy Ecker’s beautiful garden in Wellesley, Massachusetts, enjoying her subtle garden design style with its emphasis on shades of green.

A long bed celebrating the full diversity of the color green. Flowers may come and go, but this green masterpiece will look terrific all season long.

Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) after the flowers have faded are still beautiful. Here the developing seed heads look like pieces of abstract modern sculpture and bring still more diversity of green to the garden.

Sometimes the little details that you can’t plan or create are the best, such as this opening at the base of a tree that looks like it is the front door for some fairy or gnome.

The garden in full summer glory, loaded down with flowers for the pleasure of gardener and pollinator alike.

Usually leaves are green, and flowers bring the other colors, but this planting turns the usual way of gardens backward. Here we have green flowers on a zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual) showing off against a backdrop of bright, red-leaved coleus.

One last view of this beautiful garden. May we all have a spot as beautiful and peaceful as this to enjoy!


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  1. user-7017435 04/25/2019

    Good morning,, Your posts this week are terrific & full of ideas for someone transitioning gardens from perennials to lower maintenance gardens.
    Thank you & good luck,Joe

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    meander_michaele 04/25/2019

    I'm glad a picture of the long view leading up to the blue door was included since, yesterday, I was so struck by how magical the scene looking outward was. Coming or going, everything is truly lovely.

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    treasuresmom 04/25/2019

    Love that blue door. It adds to the beauty of the flowers.

  4. cheryl_c 04/25/2019

    So glad we had a second day in your gardens! Thanks for sharing your subtle design skills - Excellent work!

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    simplesue 04/25/2019

    Your garden is magical! I was just enchanted by the photos that included your house, because it's nice seeing how intimate the garden is situated next to it! It's like an outdoor room. And the tree withe the "fairy/elf door" has one little sprig of a plant decorating as if on purpose! You've created a fabulous garden!

  6. btucker9675 04/25/2019

    Love this garden and am certain that the fairies who use that door are very happy to live there!

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