Welcome to spring favorites in Patty Clark’s garden.
It has been a couple of years since I have posted photos of my rural garden in the Yakima Valley in Washington. Today I am sharing photos of my favorite spring trees, shrubs, and perennials. Spring is my favorite season. Enjoy!
‘Karmina’ perennial geranium (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’, Zones 5–8). This fantastic perennial geranium is a sterile hybrid of Geranium macrorrhizum and Geranium dalmaticum. Its sterility is a good thing because it means there is no need to deadhead and no worry of it becoming invasive, though it will spread in good conditions to form a beautiful and resilient ground cover.
Japanese flowering crabapple (Malus floribunda, Zones 4–8)
‘Sword Dance’ peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sword Dance’, Zones 3–8). This beautiful peony is an example of the Japanese flower form, where the stamens are mostly converted into petaloids, creating this beautiful, contrasting center to the flower.
‘Shasta’ viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Shasta’ Zones 5–8) covered with white spring bloom.
Here’s a closer look at the lacecap flowers on the ‘Shasta’ viburnum.
This mixed border is full of diverse colors from both foliage and flowers.
Another view of the mixed border.
As if lilac flowers weren’t beautiful and fragrant enough, ‘Dappled Dawn’ French lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Dappled Dawn’ Zones 3–7) boasts variegated foliage irregularly marked with yellow.
Espalier ‘Golden Delicious’ apple tree (Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’, Zones 4–9) in bloom. Training trees into an espalier form is a great way to grow fruit trees beautifully in a limited space. Check out our video on how to train an espalier tree.
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