Today’s pictures come from Linda Tutwiler in Pell City, Alabama. Here’s what she has to say about her garden:
Our garden every year seems to get better and better. My husband built the pond about 10 years ago, and we started working on the yard slowly, putting in one plant at a time. It is therapy to work on something so rewarding. It is very relaxing to hear the water from the waterfall and all the garden creatures! My husband turned 80 years old this summer, and now we are thinking about selling our property. He just has to convince me first!
(For more of Linda’s garden, check out this earlier post.)
The pond forms a centerpiece of the garden. What a magical spot to grow around!
Calla lilies (Zantedeschia sp., Zones 8–10) bloom by the edge of the pond. There are many hybrid calla lilies in a wide color range. In cold climates, the bulbs can be dug in the fall and replanted in the spring.
A bit of garden art nestled in among a diverse group of ferns.
Another view of the pond.
Gardening in Alabama means choosing plants that thrive in hot weather. Tropical plants like these bananas and cannas certainly love the heat and look great.
This lovely driftwood bench is almost too pretty to sit on.
Bright annuals bring color to this corner of the deck. Relying on foliage for color instead of flowers means this planting looks good all year long, with minimal fuss required.
The bright yellow-and-orange-veined foliage of croton and the exotic, purple-pink bracts of hidden cone lily (Curcuma sp., Zones 8–10) bring color to this shady spot in the garden. Curcuma is a close relative of the spice turmeric and is a terrific choice for shade gardens in warm climates. Where it isn’t hardy, it can be overwintered indoors in a container.
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