My name is Sandi Marriott, and I have been gardening for about 30 years. I live in northern Vermont, Zone 4B. The soil is sandy, but over the years I have amended with compost and shredded maple leaves, so it’s much better. I have mostly perennials in my main garden but reserve a space for annuals such as zinnias and cosmos. I have found that getting my hands dirty has been great therapy during the pandemic.
Viola (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual) and forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 3–8) both self-seed throughout the garden. Their colors and bloom season complement each other perfectly.
Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) provides color early and requires little care.
Big sheets of creeping phlox in bloom flank Japanese spirea (Spirea japonica, Zones 3–8), which is showing off with new, bright golden yellow leaves.
In the shade garden, carpets of creeping phlox bloom with lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis, Zones 3–8). The big blue chairs are a peaceful place to relax and listen to the birds.
This close-up of the creeping phlox flowers highlights the interesting patterns on each tiny bloom that covers the plants in the spring.
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