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Plants for an Inviting Front-Yard Pathway: Plant Identification

Gail Gee’s home in Fulton, Maryland, features a front door that isn’t visible from her parking area, so she designed an inviting pathway and garden to lead the way. Part of her success lies in the plants she chose, which include lots of lush flowers and foliage. See a selection of her exciting plant palette below.

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

 

  1. Bearded iris (Iris cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9)
  2. ‘Gulftide’ false holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Gulftide’, Zones 7–9)
  3. ‘Shishigashira’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’, Zones 5–8)
  4. False daphne (Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile, Zones 7–11)
  5. ‘Stardust’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Stardust’, Zones 3–8)
  6. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9)
  7. Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 3–8)
  8. ‘Softly Salmon’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Softly Salmon’, Zones 3–8)
  9. ‘Shintenchi’ tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Shintenchi’, Zones 5–8)
  10. Leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia japonica ‘Bealei’, Zones 6–9)
  11. ‘Flash’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Flash’, Zones 3–8)
  12. ‘Sonoma Sun’ intersectional peony (Paeonia ‘Sonoma Sun’, Zones 5–8)
  13. ‘Bath’s Pink’ dianthus (Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’, Zones 5–8)
  14. ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’, Zones 3–8)
  15. ‘Globemaster’ allium (Allium ‘Globemaster’, Zones 6–10)
  16. Golden full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’, Zones 5–7)
  17. Heritage® river birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’, Zones 3–7)
  18. ‘Red Pygmy’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’, Zones 5–8)
  19. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum, Zones 4–8)
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

 

  1. Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 3–8)
  2. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9)
  3. Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites, Zones 5–8)
  4. ‘Kishu Caprice’ tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kishu Caprice’, Zones 5–8)
  5. ‘Red Pygmy’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’, Zones 5–8)
  6. Heritage® river birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’, Zones 3–7)
  7. Golden full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’, Zones 5–7)
  8. ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’ weeping kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’, Zones 5–8)
  9. ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’, Zones 3–8)
  10. ‘Softly Salmon’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Softly Salmon’, Zones 3–8)
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

 

  1. Paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8)
  2. ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’ weeping kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’, Zones 5–8)
  3. ‘Globemaster’ allium (Allium ‘Globemaster’, Zones 6–10)
  4. ‘Unicorn’ bearded iris (Iris ‘Unicorn’, Zones 3–9)
  5. ‘Yae Zakura ‘ tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Yae Zakura’, Zones 5–8)
  6. Iris (Iris cv., Zones 3–9)
  7. ‘Bath’s Pink’ dianthus (Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’, Zones 5–8)
  8. ‘Lavender Whisper’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Lavender Whisper’, Zones 3–8)
  9. Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 3–8)
  10. ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’, Zones 3–8)
  11. ‘Emerald Blue’ creeping phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’, Zones 3–8)
  12. ‘Red Cardinal’ clematis (Clematis ‘Red Cardinal’, Zones 4–11)
  13. ‘Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow’, Zones 3–8)
  14. ‘Sonoma Sun’ intersectional peony (Paeonia ‘Sonoma Sun’, Zones 5–8)
  15. ‘Softly Salmon’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Softly Salmon’, Zones 3–8)
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  1. Meelianthus 01/31/2014

    Thank you Susan for sharing Gail Gee's, beautifully labeled spectacular gardens. Each one looks like a painting!. It is interesting and most helpful to see the types of plants a gardener puts into different locations in the garden. Just lovely.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/01/2014

    A stunning garden! Amazing plant selection; artfully placed. Wow.

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