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Ruth’s Ohio Garden

Aiming for big floral impact

close up of large purple Lupine spires

Today’s photos are from Ruth Barker.

I love all flowers and plants, and I love to try new introductions with my existing plantings.

I prefer to have lots of pollinators. I also prefer a more natural and wild look. I live in Ohio, Zone 6a. This year I will be planting dahlias. I have planted small border ones in the past. This year I’m going for a BIG impact. I have also ordered several new irises. I just love everything about gardening!!

close up of red poppy flowersNothing delivers big impact like poppies! (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8).

close up of lots of purple Allium flowersCountless ornamental onions (Allium, Zones 4–8) fill the spring garden with purple.

close up of plant pairing with colorful foliageSo much color from foliage! A red-leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) complements the golden color of the heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 4–9) under it.

flower bed next to white picket fence with pink and purple flowersA double-flowered azalea (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) covers itself with blooms in the spring.

small garden bed and potted plants around houses front entryThe hanging pot of red geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) absolutely glows against the white wall behind it.

close up of large purple Lupine spiresLupines (Lupinus hybrids, Zones 2–8) are hard to beat with their tall, dense spires of purple flowers.

girl feeding koi fish in garden pondStopping by the pond to feed the fish

garden bed with a variety of pink flowersThis planting is all about pink, from pink phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), and a lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 5–9).


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  1. blondie3 02/24/2023

    Your love of flowers shows, you lupine are fantastic! What a beautiful garden..well done!

  2. janetsydoruk 02/24/2023

    What a wonderful garden. I can’t wait to get home from wintering in Florida to see my garden. Exciting time is when my garden is cleaned up ftom the winter and I caa a n see ehst I need to move etc. Your garden is fab.

  3. Tz_Garden 02/24/2023

    The mass of lupines are beautiful, one of my favorites!

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    treasuresmom 02/24/2023

    So very lovely.

  5. alicefleurkens 02/24/2023

    So nice. I especially love the pond. We made a pond at all 3 places where we lived before. But where we are not we don’t have one unfortunately.

  6. gardenconcierge 02/24/2023

    Your garden is lovely. And those Lupine! Eye candy. Congratulations.

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    simplesue 02/24/2023

    Oh wow! Your garden is full of gorgeous flowers!
    Your Lupines are super and so is your pond, and oh that group of purple flowers with the sundial!!!!!

  8. btucker9675 02/24/2023

    Perfection!!! Those poppies, those lupine, that koi pond! Another case of garden envy for me!

  9. fromvirginia 02/25/2023

    Those lupines! Lovely garden. Thanks for sharing,

  10. sheila_schultz 02/25/2023

    You most definitely have surrounded yourself with waves of beautiful plantings and magnificent, colorful blooms. I am in awe... you must smile every time you gaze upon your summer gardens. Heck, I'm grinning just looking at the photos! Question... do you have to bring your Koi inside for the harsh winters in Ohio? You have created perfection in each and every section, Well done, my fellow gardener!!!

  11. Wainfleet 03/22/2023

    Hi from papa's pizzeria: that's so beautiful garden.

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