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New Spaces in Carol’s Garden

Beautiful new plantings

sunny garden bed full of flowers above stone wall

Today we’re visiting with Carol Verhake.

Here in Berwyn, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b/7a), I continue to expand my 21-year-old garden. I have replaced the lawn with planting beds in many areas and changed the design in some spots to include new plants and to reorganize existing ones.

My favorite new space is in the front of my home above a stone wall. I’ve really enjoyed having neighbors comment on how much they enjoy the flower display as they walk or drive by. Established beds like the sunny border and the woodland continue to mature and bring me joy. New additions like Stokesia ‘Peachies’ Pick’ (Zones 5–9), Scutelaria incana (Zones 5–8), and Daphne ‘Carol’s Limelight’ (Zones 4–8) provide wonderful pops of color and texture.

shrub with chartreuse foliage glowing in a dark garden bedAralia cordata ‘Sun King’ (Zones 4–8) has glowing yellow-green foliage that looks stunning here.

white hydrangea blossom in ornamental grassSmooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) with switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 5–9)

sunny garden bed full of flowers above stone wallThe new front border above the stone wall looks so good! No wonder the neighbors are commenting on it so much.

yellow flowers around a sundialRudbeckia (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) blooms around a sundial.

blue flowers next to a plant with variegated foliageBlue flowers of Scutelaria incana with the bright variegated leaves of Daphne ‘Carol’s Limelight’

garden shed surrounded by trees and shade gardensA garden shed sits amid the lush foliage of the shade garden.

small purple flowers bloomingStokesia ‘Peachie’s Pick’ (Zones 5–9)

sunny garden border with pink plantsThe sunny flower border, with garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8)


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  1. gardendevas 09/27/2021

    How lovely! Thanks for sharing. Would enjoy taking a walk around your gardens to see them all.

  2. nwphilagardener 09/27/2021

    Gorgeous photos, Carol. That Aralia looks like it could stop traffic! I have a feeling your garden benefited from the somewhat rainier than usual summer. Congratulations on your hard word yielding such pleasing results

  3. coastalgardener 09/27/2021

    You have a lovely garden with many interesting shapes, textures and color, and it's no wonder you are getting lots of compliments. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    treasuresmom 09/27/2021

    If you type Carol's name in the search box, you can see more of her submissions.
    Lovely as always, Carol.

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    simplesue 09/27/2021

    Ah I love your garden design, your color choices in flowers- everything is just so pretty and just perfect!

  6. btucker9675 09/27/2021

    Spectacular garden - thank you so much for sharing with us!

  7. darylsavage 09/27/2021

    'Peachie's pick' is one of my favorites; great plant. I don't know scutelaria; I live in 6a, so it may not be hardy here. Looks like lots of great pollinator plants, and natives. Mazel!

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