Today we’re visiting Sheila Abair’s garden.
Hello, I garden in northern Vermont, Zones 3–4. Gardeners have always been in my family. I grew up visiting the small, quaint gardens of aunts and uncles in my native Scotland.
I love paths. This is the stone path leading into the garden. It is flanked by blue false indigo (Baptisia australis, Zones 3–9), with a globe arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis, Zones 4–8) and hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) in the background.
Pea gravel paths wind past beds planted with some structural evergreens. In the foreground are cheery black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–9) and turtlehead (Chelone obliqua, Zones 3–9) almost ready to flower. In the background is a dominant corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, Zones 4–8), which shows off in winter with fantastic twisted branches in clear view. A splash of phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) can also be seen. Farther back and adding more structure is a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 4–9) beside a birch tree (Betula sp.).
A grass path is flanked with a row of arborvitae and threadleaf cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Zones 4–8), with a little color provided by some mallow (Malva sylvestris, Zone 4–8). The hint of blue is a broken pot I could not bear to throw away.
This flower bed features contrasting foliage from ‘Stella d’Oro’ daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Zones 3–9), threadleaf cypress, phlox, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), and black-eyed Susans.
Stretching out over the pond is a giant hosta, with a hydrangea behind it.
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