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.
Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ (Zones 4–8) has glowing yellow-green foliage that looks stunning here.
Smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) with switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 5–9)
The new front border above the stone wall looks so good! No wonder the neighbors are commenting on it so much.
Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) blooms around a sundial.
Blue flowers of Scutelaria incana with the bright variegated leaves of Daphne ‘Carol’s Limelight’
A garden shed sits amid the lush foliage of the shade garden.
Stokesia ‘Peachie’s Pick’ (Zones 5–9)
The sunny flower border, with garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8)
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How lovely! Thanks for sharing. Would enjoy taking a walk around your gardens to see them all.
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
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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Lovely as always, Carol.
Ah I love your garden design, your color choices in flowers- everything is just so pretty and just perfect!
Spectacular garden - thank you so much for sharing with us!
'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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