Todays photos come from Sandy Lynch and Steven Edson’s garden. They didn’t send along much information about it, but the incredible photos speak for themselves!
All of the early summer-flowering plants here do best in climates with cool summers: brilliant red Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7), purple-spired lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 4–8), and rich blue delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7).
A celebration of spring flowers in a shaded area. In the foreground, candelabra primroses (Primula japonica, Zones 4–8) bloom in various shades of pink. These tall, dramatic primroses love wet, even boggy soils but are otherwise easy to make happy. Behind them are masses of blue Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica, Zones 4–9). These spring-flowering bulbs are easy to grow, and unlike most of the common spring bulbs, they grow and flower happily in shaded areas.
A little garden shed is surrounded by annuals in containers blooming their hearts out.
An opening in the shrubbery reveals a flowery garden beyond. I love it when gardens include little half-hidden views like this. It is fun to get a teasing sneak peak of what is to come, and it draws you on to see what lies beyond.
Plants grow among rocks in this colorful spring scene. Small daffodils (probably Narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’, Zones 3–8) mingle with primroses (Primula, Zones 3–8). The stones make a great contrast to these delicate spring flowers and form a beautiful frame that shows them off to perfection. Growing in the rock work is Sedum ‘Angelina’ (Zones 3–11) and the unusual speckled leaves of spotted hawkweed (Heiracium maculatum, Zones 4–9).
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