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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sarah Wolpow

Today’s photos are from Sarah Wolpow in Brunswick, Maine. She says, “Here are some photos from my newly Zone 6a garden in southern Maine (we were 5b until the new zone map came out – a little scary, I think).

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sarah Wolpow

“I’ve been gardening for about 20 years and last year opened a small perennial design business (ThistleGaard Perennial Design). This is a circular plot I created in 2008. In my garden I love a wild meadow look in which everything grows together in a bit of a jumble–but I DO create somewhat more formal designs for clients!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sarah Wolpow

“I always wonder how plant-lovers wind up with gardens that seem so well planned at their own houses. I find it is always necessary (fun!) to trial new plants any time I spot an open corner!” Wild and wonderful, Sarah! Any chance you would tell us where you got that adorable fish?

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sarah Wolpow
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sarah Wolpow

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    meander_michaele 02/23/2012

    Besides admiring Sarah's flower packed meadow garden, I got a serious case of soil envy after seeing the second picture down. about black gold...that is some beautiful dirt!
    I garden in East TN where red clay reigns and compost additions are essential.
    The fish is perfect since he is gazing out on a sea of flowers!

  2. Wife_Mother_Gardener 02/23/2012

    I love your path through the grasses, laitris and heleniums... perfect for an informal meadow planting. Great job, Sarah!

  3. JD39 02/23/2012

    absolutely LOVE that fish!! wonderful whimsy, there... :)
    The wild flowers are perfect ~ nice work!!

  4. sheilaschultz 02/23/2012

    Great gardens, Sarah. I love the wild look too!

  5. KarinCa 02/23/2012

    I love this very different, very natural looking garden. We should all use more of those gorgeous drought-tolerant plants, I bet you don't have to water much. You are also doing a nature a favor by planting so much that's attractive to bees and butterflies! I like the color of the liatris - what kind is it? I've been eyeing Liatris Kobold but thought the color might be too vibrant.

  6. pattyspencer 02/24/2012

    Love the fish and the wild meadow look as well!

  7. ThistleGaard 02/27/2012

    I thought I'd included a note about the fish - it's from Thomas Berger ( in Kittery, Maine. We love his sculptures and he is actually a plant person also! We discovered him when looking for someone to do a special gravestone for my mother.

    As for the liatris, I'm fairly sure it's Kobold - but it might actually be the straight species from a vendor at our local farmer's market. At this point I have so much liatris and move it around so much I've lost track.

    Responding to KarinCa I don't water this bed at all. It's gone through 6+ weeks of no rainfall and still looks pretty good. I've been surprised most by the helenium which is not supposed to be very drought tolerant - as long as the soil is well amended with compost and well mulched (I use pine needles), this plant does quite well!

    The dirt started out at least reasonably well, but I also started the bed by layering 4" of compost, newspaper and pine needles over the grass for Aug-May before planting.

    Thanks for all your comments!

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