Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO! Summer abundance in a Minnesota garden

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Tricia Frostad

Today’s photo is from Tricia Frostad in Chanhassen, Minnesota. She says, “My garden was planted about 8 years ago and it’s amazing how it’s all filled in so nicely and that everything just works together.  I believe I have nearly every color in the rainbow in my garden.  In the foreground is ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, USDA Hardiness Zones 3-11),  a Carefree Delight(TM) shrub rose (Rosa ‘Meipotal’, Zones 4-11), and a large stand of ‘Kobold’ blazing star (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, Zones 4-9).  Three small blue spruce shrubs (Picea sp., Zones 2-8) give the garden an unexpected dimension.  Other perennials include coneflowers (Rudbeckia spp. and cvs., Zones 3-11), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata cvs., Zones 4-8), Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium spp. and cvs., Zones 3-11), butterfly weed (Asclepias spp. and cvs., Zones 3-11) and ‘Jacob Cline’ bee balm (Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’, Zones 4-9), which I take divisions from every year, as otherwise it would take over my entire garden!  Of course I always throw in some annuals for their constant color, especially impatiens, which have never failed me.  Because it’s now so full, I have a lot less problem with weeds, which is a great thing! I am currently a master gardener intern in Carver County.  I’m hoping this will be a good outlet to share my love of gardening with others.” Thanks, Tricia, for sharing your beautiful garden with us!

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  1. arboretum 02/10/2011

    now THIS is a magazine cover if ever I saw one! I hope you allow yourself to be proud of this, tricia.Beautifully composed photo as well.
    thanks much,

  2. ncgardener 02/10/2011

    Wow, that does look great. I am in my 3rd year of a perennial garden and I only hope mine looks that good. It is amazing to me each year to see what comes back and what has gotten just a little more established. I love your mixture of texture and the color combos. Great job!

  3. stanhorst 02/10/2011

    Wow! This really looks great. I love the white birch (or is it aspen) trees in the foreground. They really make the rest of the garden pop!

  4. raleighgardener 02/10/2011

    Absolutely lovely! I am terribly jealous, not only at your obvious gardening talents, but that you have enough sun to grow these lovely plants, and apparently no deer to dine on them. Love the use of the blue spruce with the flowering perennials.

  5. smesq 02/10/2011

    This is truly a beautiful garden! The color and texture are amazing.

  6. sheilaschultz 02/10/2011

    Tricia, your garden is stunning... everything about it is beautiful. You must smile every time you look at it! Great photograph.

  7. triciaf 02/10/2011

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I actually do have deer that like to dine on my garden smorgasbord, mostly everything planted here they don't like, with the exception of the garden phlox. I have to spray that with liquid fence. My favorite quote is "Gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so". :)

  8. RobertaSmith 02/10/2011

    Tricia, Loved the photo of your garden...we might have to spend a morning next summer visiting each others gardens!
    Fellow C/S MG Roberta Smith

  9. sheilaschultz 02/10/2011

    PS I just looked at the photo once again, and I like it even more! Any more photos of your gardens? Love to see them...

  10. triciaf 02/11/2011

    Thanks Sheila. I do have some more pics. You can find them here...

    And Roberta, maybe I'll meet you at the meeting on monday?

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