My name is Bill Hodgeman, and I live in Sunderland, Massachusetts. I have been gardening since 2011 and working on my current property since 2015. I am passionate about creating beautiful combinations that are both playful and peaceful.
This exuberant planting includes fountain grass (Pennisetum), ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 3–9), agastache (Agastache rugosa, Zones 5–8), ‘Ivory Halo’ dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Ivory Halo’, Zones 3–7), ‘Norah Leigh’ phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Norah Leigh’, Zones 4–8), and ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–8).
Bright flower color is added to the mix from yellow black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) and tall purple coneflowers (Echinacea, Zones 3–9).
Light, airy, ornamental grasses, including fountain grass in the foreground, make a great frame for a brilliant mass of black-eyed Susans and coneflowers.
Neatly mown paths wind through the lush plantings.
Variations on a theme. Shorter black-eyed Susan in the foreground is backed by the closely related, but taller, cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata, Zones 4–9).
Agastache rugosa has spikes of purple flowers and dense, fragrant foliage. It provides a nice counterpoint to the abundant brighter colored flowers.
Brilliant blue flowers from Pitcher sage (Salvia azurea, Zones 4–9), a wonderful plant native to a wide swath of North America, begin blooming in summer and fall. Pitcher sage can be a bit floppy, so it is best to either stake it or plant it close to strong neighbors it can lean against.
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