Today we are taking a stroll through Ellie Gilbert’s garden.
Spring was a bit late this year in my Zone 6b garden in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but now that it has finally arrived, all of my plants seem to be flourishing. I’ve been an avid gardener and photographer for over 50 years, but my Plymouth garden is only about 18 years old.
Ground phlox (Phlox stolonifera, Zones 5–9) on my hill garden was made even prettier this year with a fresh coat of mulch.
Close-up of Siberian iris ‘Dreaming Spires’.
The ninebark shrub ‘Diablo’ (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’, Zones 3–8) on the corner of our garage also added to the array of blossoms.
The azaleas were really special this year. I always refer to that bright one in my front garden as my “day-glo” azalea. I don’t remember the exact cultivar, but each year it blooms in full fluorescent glory. When I bought it several years ago, it only had buds, but I felt its size and shape were just right to fill a spot where another shrub had died. You can imagine my surprise when those buds finally opened! (Actually, I’ve grown to love it.)
Also in the front yard, Siberian iris ‘White Swirl’ and bachelor buttons (Centaurea montana, Zones 3–8) make their home.
A large island garden that is also located in the front yard is host to Salvia ‘Blue Hill,’ Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’ (Zones 4–8), ‘Karmina’ cranesbill, and Veronica austriaca ‘Venice Blue’ (Zones 4–8), along with other perennials that are not yet in bloom.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we haven’t been hosting as many visitors as usual on our patio this spring, but my husband and I still enjoy the view—the stone steps surrounded by Spirea ‘Goldflame’ (Zones 4–9) and hostas, and the ‘Rosebud’ azalea (Zones 6–9) and dwarf lilac ‘Miss Kim’ (Syringa pubescens ‘Miss Kim’, Zones 3–8) that are currently in bloom. As the other plants in the hill garden come into bloom, we’ll have lots more to enjoy over the coming months.
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