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Revisiting Kathy’s garden in Missouri

This corner bed in the courtyard has ‘Tardiva’ hydrangea (on the left) and ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (on the right) peeking over the fence. Below the fountain is ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis. A pink phlox is on the right.

Today’s photos are from Kathy Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri. We’ve visited Kathy lots of times (refresh your memory HERE), and it’s always nice to go back for another visit. Kathy saved all her commentary for the captions–enjoy!

This group of coleus is at the entrance into my courtyard.

The season is winding down, everyone! Get outside with that camera. We need to see your garden! Yes I said NEED. Not WANT. NEED.

This small bed between the driveway and the steps to the front door was the perfect place to contain creeping Jenny. I’ve hung a grapevine wreath on the brick wall and let the ivy grow through it.
I keep planting the same old things in this container, because I love the look and it lasts all season.
I like using tree stumps in the garden. I use them as a riser to sit containers on and then as they deteriorate I plant annuals in them.  This is probably the last year for this old stump.
I can’t remember the name of this yellow honeysuckle, but I had to move her twice before she showed me where she wanted to flourish. I once saw a honeysuckle where the lower limbs were kept clean of leaves and I copied that.
This beauty is ‘Summer Snowflake’ viburnum blooming in May.  To the left behind her is ‘Shasta’ doublefile viburnum, the star of my May garden…and again in July with her red seeds.
Container of annuals at front doors.
The star of my May garden is definitely ‘Shasta’ doublefile viburnum.
This is ‘Shasta’ doublefile viburnum in July. The robins love the red seeds while the cardinals prefer to wait until they turn black.
This is the beautiful bloom of the magnolia ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’. In the morning breeze the blooms act as a bouncy house as the bees try to make a landing.
This is the beautiful bloom of the magnolia ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’. In the morning breeze the blooms act as a bouncy house as the bees try to make a landing.

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  1. perenniallycrazy 09/07/2014

    Everything looks fabulous Kathy! Thanks very much for sharing that idea of pruning the lower trunk of your Lonicera (honeysuckle) clean. I'm thinking of doing that to tame mine as it has grown huge over the years and might be taking over.

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    meander_michaele 09/08/2014

    Wonderful pictures, Kathy, and I like all the extra tips that you have shared. It was interesting to see 'Tardiva' and 'Limelight' practically side by cannot be denied that 'Limelight' certainly packs an impressive punch when it comes to the abundance of blooms. I like how you have given creeping Jenny a generous footprint to spread out and snuff out any weed does make a colorful and robust groundcover. Love the look of the limbed up honeysuckle...very effective in giving it extra architectural interest. Great job on everything!

  3. greengenes 09/08/2014

    I enjoyed seeing your gardens very much, Kathy! Nice idea on the honeysuckle which looks great! Oh yes, the "Limelight" it sure represents the name! Lovely! The doublefile is gorgeous as well. But my favorite picture is the pot between the car park! The colors are great! Thanks for showing us your gardens!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/08/2014

    Looks great. Love all the coleus. The fruiting viburnum is a beauty. Mine blooms prolifically but never fruits. :(

  5. cynthiabardoukalarge 09/08/2014

    Anyone who notices that a magnolia bloom makes a "bouncy house" for bees, and who takes the time to photograph the miniature hilarity and share it with the rest of us, is my kind of gardener. Thank you SO much -- it's 6 in the morning here in California, and you've started my day out right.

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    HelloFromMD 09/08/2014

    Wow so impressed by the viburnum Shasta's July show. I didn't know how attractive it was then. I'm looking to plant a big shrub to block view of the telephone pole and this could be the one. Thanks for sharing.

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    HelloFromMD 09/08/2014

    The 'fruiting' is probably due to having both Shasta and Summer Snowflake, 2 cultivars of Viburnum plicatun f. tomentosum. The public garden my garden club maintains have some native viburnums (V. Brandywine) that never berry so we have added a different V. nudum to the mix, time will tell if it worked.

  8. GrannyMay 09/08/2014

    Kathy it is lovely to get an update on how your garden is growing. Thank you! I went back to review your previous posts. Your viburnums are always outstanding, as are the containers of annuals at the front of the house! So much fun to watch the bees and the birds! No doubt that Jo-Jo the cat is always looking for ways to get closer to the action.

  9. schatzi 09/08/2014

    Good morning to you and Jo-Jo. Your garden is gorgeous. I too love the double file viburnums. They are easier to grow here in the Pacific NW than eastern dogwoods, and put on a better show. Love the idea of the wreath with the ivy growing on it.

  10. Meelianthus 09/08/2014

    Hello Kathy ~ I checked back on your last photos sent in and was reminded how beautifully colorful your gardens are with so many great attractions. You have done such a stunning job with your combinations and it is all very inspiring. Thanks for the wonderful views.

  11. terieLR 09/09/2014

    Nice to see your beautiful gardens again Kathy. So many great plant combinations in both gardens and containers. Coleus are lead players in making bold statements. I repeatedly use the potato vine and begonia combo too. Love your viburnums! Thank you for sharing.

  12. thevioletfern 09/09/2014

    Wow! You are a plant artist. Your containers are stunning. I love tree stumps in the garden, too. They also make nice nurseries for good soil bugs as I see you like to notice the little things that are so hugely important like bouncing bees! Garden love.

  13. user-7007237 09/27/2014

    i live in a townhouse with a yard that is stamped concrete, and i have a small garden about 12by 20 and i plant a small vegetble garden and they do well, however around the yard i don't know how else to make my yard look like a flower garden HELP any suggestions

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    simplesue 03/18/2019

    You have a good eye for making nice compositions with plants. It is an art for sure. I found your garden by "searching" Fine Gardening for Magnolia Bracken Brown Beauty, and was please to see one of the most detailed photos of what the bloom looks like. I am growing one in zone 6b that I rooted from a stem, and just ordered another, but too young for blooms. Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring!

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