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Patty’s Spring Favorites

From geraniums to espalier apples

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.

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 3–8) with ‘Oxfordshire’ English rose and European ginger (Asarum europeanum, Zones 4–7). I love the little sculpture peeking out from under the lady’s mantle!


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  1. nwphillygardener 05/31/2019

    These are a great photo set! I especially love the image with the Shasta viburnum and the Moon Gate, with glimpses of the rather picturesque countryside in the distance. Does that gate lead to someplace special in the garden?

    1. Clarkpark 05/31/2019

      My Moon Gate leads you down to the lower level garden room. After going through the arbor, you take a sharp right turn down the hill to the lower level. (Photos on “Do you Cramscape?” earlier Posting show the pathway down to my next level.) Search my name...

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    meander_michaele 05/31/2019

    Wow, your espaliered apple tree is at the, literally, picture perfect stage...what a satisfying sight it must be for you. And all those blooms represent lots of you practice any thinning technique with the young fruit or let them all mature? You have such interesting the 'Dappled Dawn' lilac. What a beauty. And thanks for sharing what a great ground cover the ‘Karmina’ perennial geranium is...nice to know about one that doesn't reseed rampantly. Seeing photos of your garden is always a delight, Patty.

    1. Clarkpark 05/31/2019

      Hi Michaele. My espalier apple tree does require a lot of trimming through out the growing season. I do not thin the apples. There is a picture on an earlier posting that shows the tree full of apples. (You’ll have to search my name.) Michaele, every time I see pink Muhly grass, I think of your beautiful garden pics posting!

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        meander_michaele 05/31/2019

        You are sweet to share that you associate my garden with billowing clouds of pink muhly grass.

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  5. btucker9675 05/31/2019

    Oh my! What an embarrassment of riches you have in your garden. That Dappled Dawn lilac is particularly lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful space.

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    simplesue 05/31/2019

    It's huge and yet so tidy, organized and well planned and then add that it's set against the gorgeous natural countryside. What a beautiful garden you've created. That white gate adds mystery and you just have to know what's beyond it- even if it leads no where. Pure magic in your garden!

    1. Clarkpark 05/31/2019

      My home/garden was built on a hillside. I needed the Moon Gate Arbor to connect my different levels. An 80 year old gentlemen in Oregon built the Moon Gate for me. He passed away shortly after completion. It is very special!

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