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Scenes From Reneé’s Gardens

Views from a gardener's work

A stone patio with a chair surrounded by purple, blue, burgundy and white flowers

Today we’re looking at photos sent in by Reneé Clermont in Edgartown, Massachusetts, whose company Second Nature Designs does landscape design and gardening work.

A pot filled with pink and blue flowersI love the over-the-top color of this container planting, with tall salvias that look like Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ (Zones 9–11 or as an annual) and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ (Zones 7–11 or as an annual). These give the design great height and drama.

garden filled with pink and blue flowers behind a stone retaining wallThis is a wonderful example of the impact you can get by choosing just a couple of great plants and repeating them through the garden. Here Astilbe (looks to be Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions’, Zones 4–8) combines with a purple perennial salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8) to make a breathtaking display.

wide garden bed filled with flowers and a white pergolaThe neat lawn surrounding this dreamy flower garden, filled with color from perennials and annuals, provides a formal contrast to the more informal flower planting.

container planted with a pink flowering vine and a geranium with yellow-edged leavesIn this container planting, Mandevilla (Zones 9–11 or as an annual) vines provide height and abundant pink flowers. A variegated geranium (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as annual) has red flowers and showy yellow-margined foliage for even more color impact.

A stone patio with a chair surrounded by purple, blue, burgundy and white flowersI love the subdued, relaxing color scheme here. Shades of purple, white, and burgundy make this a perfect spot to sit back and de-stress.

A white hydrangea with a garden behind itThe big white flower heads of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) dominate the foreground in this garden full of the flowers of high summer.

To see more of Reneé’s colorful designs, check out her Instagram: @secondnaturedesignsmv


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  1. runfortheroses 06/28/2021

    Great low dry stone wall! Such a cool element. Well done!

  2. rosys_villa 06/28/2021

    Oh wow! Just WOW! I wish MA was closer to MN!

  3. bdowen 06/28/2021

    Love the many colors in the garden in front of the arbor. A beautiful landscape!

  4. user-5117752 06/28/2021

    Simply stunning!!! Took my breath away!!!

  5. gardendevas 06/28/2021

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Why don’t my perovskia and astilbe look like that…?

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    treasuresmom 06/28/2021

    How very lovely!

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    simplesue 06/28/2021

    So perfect they remind me of paintings- I had no idea any perennial flower bed could really look this perfect & fabulous!
    So impressive!
    Oh I especially love the the photo captioned "The neat lawn surrounding this dreamy flower garden"!!!!
    You are super talented!

  8. Cenepk10 06/28/2021

    Holy Moly !!!!! Wow … my eyes just feasted !!!!!

  9. n2hostas 06/28/2021

    Just gorgeous, love the color repetition. Beautiful containers too. Great job.

  10. RealMe 07/08/2021

    Actually, seeing my garden with lots of flower blooming is one of my stress reliever. Indeed a beautiful landscape and the colors are so refreshing! Well done! --- Handyman Service New Haven

  11. mikefraser 10/13/2021

    I just read your article Scenes from Reneé’s Gardens and I loved it! It was inspiring to see all the beautiful plants in the garden. I also liked that you shared tips on how to create a nice walkway with plants. This is something that I am looking into for my backyard as well. Anyway, I hope you are doing well.
    -Hedge Trimmer Abbotsford

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