Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO: Shades of blue and gray

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Van Heuvelen

Today’s GPOD is from Michelle Van Heuvelen. She says: “I garden on a farm in Iowa.  I have a number of gardens spread out around the farm, including a small, formal potager, a long border, raised stone beds, a patio garden, and a Secret Garden just for my granddaughter. One thing that’s great about this plant combo is that, although this photo was taken later in the season, most of the plants are evergreen, so it even looks good early in spring.” Thanks, Michelle!

The plants in this combo include:

Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9)

Hosta (Hosta cv., Zones 3-9)

Ivory Prince hellebore (Helleborus ‘Walhelivor’, Zones 4-9)

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens, Zones 5-9)

‘Purple Knockout’ lyre-leaved sage (Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Knockout’, Zones 6-9)

‘Snowcap’ alpine rock cress (Arabis alpina ‘Snowcap’, Zones 4-8)

‘Emerald Gaiety’ wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, Zones 5-9)

‘Lady in Black’ aster (Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’, Zones 4-8)

‘Victoria Blue’ salvia (Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’, Zones 8-11)

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  1. KariLonning 04/08/2010

    This is one of my favorite photos to be posted so far. Between the colors and leave shape/textures, it's wonderful.

  2. MichelleGervais 04/08/2010

    I'm fascinated by that salvia! Those beefy purple leaves - very cool!

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