Fidalgo Island in Washington State has been our home since 2017. Our property had many mature plants, but half of it needed major help. Lots of weeds and an untended lawn were removed. An old apple tree of over 50 years had suckers as big as large biceps. We pruned and removed, installed sprinklers, and replanted with hundreds of beautiful plants. There are now many tender and hardy tropical plants, which are my favorites.
After they were planted 2½ years ago, the gardens are looking wonderful.
A small arboretum was planted off the kitchen with a Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree, Zones 5–9), Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’, Zones 6–10), mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin, Zones 6–9), fernleaf full-moon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’, Zones 5–9), Eucryphia (Zones 7–9), and another maple for interest and privacy.
The house was built in 1906, and the stained-glass windows installed in the garden are from 1906.
I have been gardening for 50 years, but in the last 20 I have gone full throttle, planting hundreds of plants. It is fairly easy to maintain. We had a horrible winter that was long, wet, and cold, but look what spring brought.
Hedychium greenii (Red ginger, Zones 7–11)
Melianthus major (Zones 8–10)
The walkway up to the house is lined with perennials.
Planter boxes with vegetables.
Roses by stained-glass windows. The varieties are ‘Dortmund’, ‘Jeanne Lajoie’, and ‘Princess Anne’.
Costco gift of lilies
Clematis ‘Josephine’ (Zones 5–9)
View of the side yard
Walkway with blue star creeper (Isotoma fulviatilis, Zones 6–9) blooming between the stones.
The new, small arboretum
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