Today we’re visiting Philip Mueller’s beautiful garden in a suburb of St. Louis.
The lush borders are packed with plants. In the foreground here, a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and the gold-leaved ‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia ‘Sun King’, Zones 4–8) bring great texture and color just from foliage.
There are layers of beauty here, starting with zinnias in the front (Zinnia × marylandica, annual), working through perennials, and being backed up by big shrubs, like this oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) loaded down with flowers.
A mix of shade-loving perennials grow together, giving a dense, ground-covering tapestry of foliage in different sizes, colors, and textures. Planting perennials close together like this gives a great full look to the garden and also gives little space for weeds to grow. These are growing under a sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana, Zones 5–9) which has at least a couple flowers open. Sweet bay magnolias don’t have the most showy flower display, but their fragrance is incredible, with just a few blooms filling the whole garden.
A grassy path set with stepping-stones leads through the garden.
Spigelia (Spigelia marilandica, Zones 5–9), a beautiful perennial for shade, is native to the southeastern United States and has these incredible red-and-yellow blooms in summer. Here the yellow in the flowers is picked up by the ground cover of golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9).
I love how the path draws the eye into the garden, and then the archway and purple trellis beyond hint at more beauty to explore.
Potted kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos hybrid, Zones 10–11) with its pink flowers (left) echoes the color of the purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 4–8) perfectly.
The round archway forms a perfect frame, with the garden beyond it a beautifully composed picture.
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) is a great native perennial with beautiful flowers that many pollinators love.
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Phillip, your garden is so very lovely. Well done!
Wow, I just want to walk around on your garden paths right now- I wouldn't even care if it was pouring down rain (like it's doing in Pittsburgh right now) But I will have to settle for this virtual tour- and I save one of your photos to my Pinterest as your garden is so inspiring!
Lush and gorgeous garden. I’m sure you are helping to support many happy birds and insects. Awesome!
Phillip, as a fellow Missourian, I am really excited by your garden. For it to look as fabulous as it does after our extreme heat and drought, followed for you in St. Louis by the horrible flooding - you must be living under a cloud of grace. I love your plant combinations, and what a nice spark of color that our native spigelia gives!
Wow, Wow, Wow!!! Everything about your garden is inspiring. The textures, leaf shapes and pops of color are sublime. All lush and lovely... and those pots, perfection! I wish I were close enough to wander. Well done, Phillip, you made this old lady grin from ear to ear! Thank you.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous is all I can say...
Wow, so impressive. I wanna stop playing geometry dash bloodbath to grow some plants.
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