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Revisiting Lisa’s North Carolina Garden

New plantings and thriving favorites

various container plantings on a patio table

Today we’re visiting with Lisa Chapman.

Hi from Waxhaw, North Carolina (Zone 8a/7b). Thank you for featuring me in the GPOD this past November. It was absolutely the best early Christmas present. (See Lisa’s North Carolina Garden.)

I’m sharing a few updated pictures of some new things growing in the garden. I’ve done a lot of work in my rock garden this season, where I’ve focused on incorporating a number of drought-tolerant plants for my mostly full-sun garden.

garden bed next to a pool deckMy dog, affectionately nicknamed Canis Lupus Hortulus, is always ready to help in the garden. Here she is observing a bumblebee about the irises (Iris ensata ‘Variegata’, Zones 4–9) on our pool deck.

close up of colorful foliage plantsIn this garden the irises mix with ‘Wildberry’ heuchera (Heuchera ‘Wildberry’, Zones 5–9), dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima, Zones 7–10), lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 8–11 or as an annual), and gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa, Zones 9–11 or as an annual).

various container plantings on a patio tableHere, plants are enjoying a rain shower on the back patio. Pictured in the forefront are Caladium (Zones 9–11 or as a tender bulb), blue star fern (Phlebodium aureum, Zones 8–12), and the leaves of a potted red cabbage (Brassica oleracea, annual) arrangement. In the back, a potager box of kale (Brassica oleracea, annual), chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zones 3–9), vinca (Catharanthus roseus, Zones 9–11 or as an annual), Dichondra (Zones 7–9 or as an annual), Petunia (Zones 10–11 or as an annual), Japanese eggplant (Solanum melongena, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyeriana, Zones 9–11 or as an annual), dill (Anethum graveolens, annual), and a host of other plants tucked within. Pots of fig (Ficus carica, Zones 7–10), pomegranate (Punica granatum, Zones 7–10), and olive trees (Olea europaea, Zones 8–10) line the patio adjacent to the box.

close up of foliage plants and pink flowers in a rock gardenIn my rock garden, drought-tolerant Artemisia (‘Powis Castle’ and ‘Silver Brocade’, Zones 4–9) contrast with ‘Red Rombrero’ coneflower (Echinacea ‘Red Rombrero’, Zones 5–9), purple sage (Salvia officinalis, Zones 4–10), and the flutter of Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima, Zones 6–10).

small pink and purple flowers in the rock gardenAlso in the rock garden are Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas, Zones 8–9) and ‘Strawberry Sensation’ yarrow (Achillea ‘Strawberry Sensation’, Zones 4–9). This yarrow has become a surprise stunner!

close up of tiny purple flowers with shrubs behindBrazilian vervain (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–10 or as an annual), with silvery ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia.

close up of bouquet in mason jar with bright red and purple flowersA freshly picked garden bouquet of ‘Jacob Cline’ bee balm (Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’, Zones 3–8), veronica (Veronica spicata, Zones 3–8), mint (Mentha, Zones 3–11), and yarrow.

dog next to a bright pink dahlia flowerMystic series dahlia (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–11 or as a tender bulb)

close up of colorful painted rex begonia foliagePainted rex begonia (Begonia hybrid, Zones 9–11 or as an annual)

Thanks for looking. Find me in the garden @pondandperrygarden on Instagram and at Pond&PerryGarden on Facebook. Best wishes for the best gardening season yet!


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    simplesue 06/30/2023

    I really enjoy your garden table full of happy garden goodies and the cool garden candles hanging above it creating an outdoor room! Always nice to see happy dogs in the garden, and your Wildberry’ heuchera next to your dusty miller is a nice color combination!

    1. PondandPerryGarden 06/30/2023

      Thank you so much simplesue!

  2. btucker9675 06/30/2023

    Hi Lisa from Waxhaw! I live and garden in Waxhaw, too. Still learning to deal with clay after gardening in the good soil of northern New Jersey for many years. I live in the Tuscany neighborhood and my backyard is now almost completely garden and pool with a grassy area for the poodles to run around on. Your garden is so lovely and I like to see others who have lots of things in containers - I also have fig and olive in large pots. I have widened front borders, and created side borders in a sneaky attempt to eventually have very little of the awful Bermuda "grass" remaining - just enough in front to keep the HOA from coming after me! Your dog is gorgeous and I'm sure is an excellent garden manager!

    1. PondandPerryGarden 06/30/2023

      Thank you!

      What a small world! I understand the struggle! We had to do the tedious work of installing 12 inch (deep) dug in garden borders to stop the Bermuda grass (and it still sometimes gets through)
      Yes, I love containers too. Can never get enough plants or pots lol. Luna says thanks for the compliment, she is a great garden manager😉

  3. jos29803 06/30/2023

    Hello Lisa:

    I enjoy looking at other people's gardens and yards making mental notes of the plants and how they've used them. I was surprised that you and I have quite a few of the same plants, but I have a more desert like landscape. You've given me a couple of ideas on what to do with my extra plants that I divided. Enjoy the summer in your lovely yard and thanks for sharing.

    1. PondandPerryGarden 06/30/2023

      Hello! Yes! I agree it is always interesting to see how others pair plants in new ways. I’m always on the lookout as well. I am jealous of you. Desert landscapes are some of my favorites! Thank you for your kind words!

  4. Primo_Pots_and_Planters 07/01/2023

    I love the lovely combination with the red echinacea. Making a note of it!

    1. PondandPerryGarden 07/02/2023

      Thank you!

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