Today we’re taking a bittersweet garden tour with Stephanie Edwards in Little Rock, Arkansas (Zone 8a) as she prepares to move to a new garden halfway across the country.
We are moving to Florida in a few weeks, and while I’m excited for new plants and new possibilities, I’m sad to leave my Arkansas garden of three years. Goodbye, clay soil and tons of crystal rock; hello, Florida sand. This garden was my first attempt at growing anything. It started with blackberries. I bought a plant and planted it along the fence, and every day I went out to see what it had done. I realized pretty quickly that I needed more plants to watch! Most of my plants are started from seeds or cuttings or gifted from friends and family. Below are some of my favorite pictures.
I live in Little Rock in a neighborhood called Crystal Valley. Every time I dig a hole I encounter more crystal rock, so I made a rock garden. These are all the rocks I unearthed while planting. The plants are brilliant dianthus (Dianthus deltoides ‘Brilliant’, Zones 2–9) and various sedums.
Close-up of the crystal rock garden and its inhabitants.
A foxglove in bloom (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–8)
This was a great year for foxgloves, and this tiger swallowtail butterfly is enjoying them.
Purple top verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 3–11 or as annual), ‘Viva la Vida’ lily (Lilium ‘Viva la Vida’, Zones 4–9), and ‘Cloth of Gold’ yarrow (Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’, Zones 3–10).
My favorite lily, ‘Viva la Vida’.
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