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READER PHOTOS! Michaele’s garden in Tennessee

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson

Last fall, Michaele sent us some photos of her clouds of pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10), and I don’t know about you, but I fell in love with that plant (refresh your memory here). Today she’s sharing some photos of another of her favorite plants in her Friendsville, Tennessee, garden.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson

She says, “If I had to come up with a title for this batch of pictures, it would be “Confessions of a Creeping Phloxaholic.” What can I say…I do love this common and humble groundcover. There is something so celebratory of spring about it and it confirms to me that the season has really arrived. It always puts a smile on my face when the blankets of phlox and candytuft light up my pathways and drape over the rock walls. The colors bring out the little kid in me who loved the pastels of Easter eggs and marshmallow chicks.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson

Creeping phlox was a common and welcome sight where I grew up, so this brought back good memories, Michaele–thanks! Your stone walls are amazing, and I think we need to see more of your garden throughout the season…hint, hint!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michaele Anderson

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  1. ncgardener 03/30/2012

    Beautiful! I love the swaths of color I wish I had more restraint to do something like this. Maybe next year. :-) I love the photo with the 4 legged family member. He/she is gorgeous!

  2. davsav 03/30/2012

    Oh how I love your little stone house!!!!! Beautiful pictures.

  3. elizk 03/30/2012

    Oh, I love that stuff. I can never make it grow. BEAUTIFUL!

  4. tractor1 03/30/2012


  5. sheilaschultz 03/30/2012

    It does seem like a big bunny with a basket full of colored eggs should be hopping up one of your paths! Creeping phlox always makes me smile...

  6. greengrowler 03/30/2012

    Spring has arrived! I am striving for my creeping phlox to look as good as yours - and the candytuft is a nice foil for the purple. The little stone "hobbit house" is delightful, as well as the rest of the walls & pathways.... I bet tractor1 loves the stonework!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/30/2012

    Beautiful. Great stonework. Do you plant anything in or with the creeping phlox? I've always avoided it as a one (short) season plant. But, OH, what a season!!

  8. tractor1 03/30/2012

    Yes, GreenGrowler, all the stonework is marvelous, very indicative that some skilled craftperson spent a lot of time and effort choosing each stone and fitting them perfectly. But mostly I appreciate that there is so much open space framing each garden feature... even with small properties one really shouldn't cram in plantings so that the total effect is more like a wholesale plant nursery than a garden. For total effect less is more, one needs to know when to stop squeezing in yet another plant. Anyway yesterday I removed the plow and front loader, and attached the mower to my tractor. The flatbed arrived an hour ago to haul both tractors in for routine servicing... now it's officially spring in the Catskills.

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    meander_michaele 03/30/2012

    Thanks, all, for indulging my obsession with creeping phlox and understanding why I am so drawn to it this time of year. Vojt, I do have many other perennials planted in layers behind and between the clumps of phlox so I don't feel punished when its bloom time is over. Then the show starts for daylilies, daisies, coneflowers, wonderful self seeding little zinnias, catamint, russian sage... well, there's always something! That's what keeps us all so interested and addicted to our gardening.

  10. terieLR 03/30/2012

    Oh, just to take a stroll... if only through my computer! Your garden certainly welcomes the freshness of springs'
    bounty. The stone walls showcase your plantings and add lovely lines to the lawn Michaele. I can see that there are many perennial layers yet to unfold. Please keep us all 'posted' with more pictures as the landscape changes with the coming months!

    PS The pink muhly grass from 11/18 is spectacular!

  11. terieLR 03/30/2012

    whoaa... where did all that space come from?

  12. gottagarden 04/03/2012

    the little stone house on the hill is PERFECT! Just love it!

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