Today’s photos are from Barb Herreid in Wisconsin. She says, “I live in the center of the state on a lake – definitely a zone 4. The soil here is sandy, so I do lots of amending every year. I also have to contend with hungry deer and rabbits. We moved here in September, 2004, and I’ve been expanding the beds since then. I’m most proud of my woodland garden as it is mostly natives and spring ephemerals that you’d find in a natural woodland. We added the waterfall three years ago and I use mostly tropical plants around it.”
Beautiful, Barb! **check out the captions for LOTS more info.
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Barbara's gardens are beautiful! This is definitely a wonderful inspiration for mid February! Thanks for sharing them!
Barb does an amazing job of incorporating tropical plants into her landscaping. They add so much vibrant color and interest. Question for Barb if she has time to answer: "Do you overwinter your tropicals or go on a fun shopping spree each year?"
Her husband and I are on the same page for loving silly frog ornamentations...love the one taking a rest on the edge of the waterfall.
I love your garden. I am just wondering how you can keep the annuals with the perennials during the winter months? I live in Zone 5A and I cannot grow the elephants ears, and the beautiful begonias.
Great garden in a beautiful setting. Love the waterfall. I am most envious of your woodland garden and ephemerals!
I LOVE the planting with the trillium... beautiful!
Lovely garden. I've taken lots of notes on specific plants. I'll be looking at these photos again. Thanks!
I'm with Meander1; love the use of tropicals intermingled with traditional garden plants; the textures and colors really give your garden punch. LOVE the huge Begonia - how long does it take to reach that size? Do you start the tuber indoors and transplant or put it straight out into the garden? FYI: tropicals can be found at the "big box" stores - very affordable; usually costing less than a gallon-size perennial so there's no huge investment to overwinter...
P.S. RE: Pinterest - it requires a smart phone or Facebook page; too bad for those of us that don't have either... Maybe someday they will add other means of connectivity.
Hi, this is Barb - thanks for all the nice comments! As for the tropicals and annual/perennial combos, I bring them indoors each fall and water sparingly thru the winter. In March, I fertilize them and trim back the dead leaves and get them set for another summer outdoors. The 'Gryphen' begonia was a new plant last spring so that is all one year's growth.
Barb's garden contains many very nice plants but I'd like to also see distant/wide angle photos included to gain a better perspective of the overall effect of what one sees as if actually there. I feel the microscopic views are fine but too cropped to enjoy a full appreciation for all the labors that went into creating a *garden* (one or three plants does not a garden make), and not just close ups of individual plants and small groupings, for that I can peruse a nursery catalog. Even the effect of the water feature is lost without seeing how it fits into the landscape and I'm certain a lot of thought and effort went into it's location and association with other elements along with its form. All just my opinion of course.
GreenGrowler: I think 'usenet' might solve the "connectivity" issue for you, I think the unmoderated Newsgroups are best for honest discussion, providing one has thick skin. I think Facebook has no value whatsoever as a venue for discussion unless one appreciates disingenuousness, better off taking it to email. Again just my never humble opinion.
I have been privileged to see this garden. It is beautifully planned and has lots of interest seasonally, as well as great texture and colour.
Thanks, tractor1; I will check out "usenet" as an alternative to store favorite gardening images/ideas, which is all I really want to do. Appreciate the suggestion!
What a surprise, although I have not had the opportunity to tour your garden, I do know you. I love the plant combinations in the woodland beds and the use of tropicals. I also would like to see more of it. I really think the WHPS should schedule a tour your garden sometime soon! Thanks for sharing pictures of your lovely garden.
I got to see this garden twice, once in the very first years of development and again a few years ago. Watching a garden develop, especially when done by the gardener herself, is something special to see. Barb has developed a habitat, serene and beautiful for people and a healthy environment for native species. She mixes tropicals with our natives species without making either look out of place. Great job Barb. I hope I'll be able to visit again soon.
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