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Rose’s New Jersey Garden

Flower-filled front yard

blue hosta

My name is Rose Flanagan, and I have been gardening in Maplewood, New Jersey, for 20 years. I’m sharing photos of my front-yard garden from June of last year. It has a variety of settings. There is a long sunny flower bed to the left of the entrance to the house and a dappled lighted large garden everywhere else. It has taken a long time to really understand the concept of planting the right plants in the right place, but I believe I have finally done it. Gardening is my passion. I just renovated my backyard and am creating a small Zen garden along with a deer- and rabbit-resistant garden. I can’t wait to start digging.

blue hydrangeaMy amazing people-stopping blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9).

close up of blue hydrangea bloomsThe stunning rich blue color of the hydrangea is a result of growing in acidic soil.

purple coneflowerA mingling of crocosmia (Crocosmia hybrid, Zones 6–9) and coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9).

crocosmia coneflower and bee balmThe crocosmia and coneflowers are joined by a red bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9), and silver-foliaged rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 4–8).

yellow grass with pink flowersHakone grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9), lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8), rose campion, hosta (Zones 3–9), and oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9).

shade garden full of perennialsThis is the edge of the sunny border going into the shady area. A deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara, Zones 6–8) mingles with stokesia (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9) and pale lavender yarrow (Achillea millifolium, Zones 4–8) leading to the bed of shade-loving perennials.

Tibetan monk statue surrounded by hostasA statue of a Tibetan monk is nestled in the hosta bed.

blue hostaA vivid blue hosta sits next to an oakleaf hydrangea.

white clematisA close-up of some gorgeous white clematis (Clematis hybrid, large-flowered group, Zones 4–8).


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  1. sagebird52 04/08/2021

    Beautiful and peaceful. Thanks

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    treasuresmom 04/08/2021

    Wow, that hydrangea is a show stopper.

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    simplesue 04/08/2021

    Oh your Cone Flowers- I sure hope mine look as good as that one summer!
    And your Hydrangeas are fabulous...again I'm waiting for mine to one day look as good as yours!
    Love that monk statue in the hostas, so serene and peacefull!

  4. btucker9675 04/08/2021

    Hi Maplewood, NJ!! Your beautiful garden reminds me of why I miss my previous home/gardens in Franklin Lakes, NJ so much. There's nothing quite like gardening in the Garden State. Love how the rose campion blossoms punctuate their surroundings with their small round faces. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely space.

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      cynthia2020 04/08/2021

      BT - I concur!
      I lived in Bergen County, NJ when I was a kid and I loved our garden!

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    cynthia2020 04/08/2021

    Rose, I liked looking at your plant combinations! Hope you will post again.
    Your stokesia reminded me of when I had some on both sides of my front steps - Stokesia laevis ‘Peachie’s Pick’.

  6. bsavage 04/08/2021

    So beautiful!!!

  7. Cenepk10 04/09/2021

    I grow those same things in Ga. Rose Campion always makes my heart glad - as does hydrangeas! Beautiful pics of a beautiful garden.

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