Today’s photos come from Teresa Greco’s garden in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Teresa says that her garden is planted with some 80% shared plants, bulbs, and tubers from friends. Sharing plants with gardening friends is a great way to bring down the cost of gardening and adds a wonderful back story to the garden, each plant being not just beautiful but a reminder of the friend it came from.
The ruffled green spires catching the sun in this photo aren’t shrubs—they’re lettuce that has begun to bolt! Lettuce that has bolted becomes bitter and not very good to eat, but who cares when they are this beautiful?
In this part of the garden, beautiful plants are accented by clean gravel mulch and well-chosen garden art.
In this cozy corner, the chairs are arranged around a fire pit that doubles as a table with a glass top. With the potential for a fire, a table for drinks or snacks, and an umbrella for shade, this sitting corner is a perfect spot for nearly any weather or occasion. View our tips on how to create a cozy outdoor space for nighttime gatherings.
These borders are full of the lush abundance of summer. One plus to getting plants from local gardening friends is that if someone has enough of a plant to share, that is a sure sign it is a good performer that will thrive.
The greenhouse window is covered over with scarlet runner beans. The door was custom made to hold a stained glass window crafted by Teresa’s late mother.
Another view of the same part of the garden.
Here a neatly trimmed shrub contrasts with looser, more informal perennials. A dahlia beginning to bloom promises an abundance of beautiful flowers for the rest of the season.
Have a garden you’d like to share?
Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!
To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.
If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.
You don’t have to be a professional garden photographer – check out our garden photography tips!
Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.
Get our latest tips, how-to articles, and instructional videos sent to your inbox.