Hello Fine Gardening!
My name is Tanya Crowell, and I live in southern Ontario, Canada. My garden is in Zone 5b, and I have been gardening on my 10 acres at the edge of the woods for 10 years. I am a Master Gardener, having completed my studies two years ago. This being my first garden, I dove in full-on and grew slowly and decidedly from a complete novice to a place where I feel comfortable managing about two acres of beds and borders around my home.
Everything looks so beautiful this spring that I felt compelled to share it with others. Thank you for this opportunity! I love your magazine and envy all you Zone 6 and 7 gardeners who can have so many gorgeous perennials that are not hardy enough for me!
Lupins (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–7) are always a favorite of mine.
Baptisia is another favorite plant. (Editor’s note: Though blue Baptisia australis is the variety most of us are familiar with, there are other species and a whole range of new hybrids in a wide variety of colors to try as well!)
The herb garden.
This picture is my front garden, with autumn charm sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’, Zones 3–8) massed at the front, a dwarf Gingko biloba called ‘Mariken’ (Zones 5–9) just beginning to leaf out, and alliums (Allium karataviense, Zones 4–8), another favorite. I love the effect of mixing different foliage textures and colors.
Abundant flowers along stone steps.
Soft blue bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8).
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