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Spring in Lena’s Garden

From azaleas to roses

Purple azalea with extra petals

Hello! My name is Lena White. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve been gardening here for over 30 years. I’ve just recently retired from the practice of medicine, so now I have more time to spend doing what I love.

This spring’s show of color has been really special!

A shrub with white flowersThis first photo is my Snowball viburnum (Viburnum plicatum, Zones 3–8). It has gotten a bit too tall, so I will try to trim it back after blooming.

Pink azalea flowersNext is a ‘George L. Taber’ azalea (Rhododendron ‘George L. Taber’, Zones 7–9), one of my favorites. This is one of the southern indica types of azaleas, which boast large flowers for an azalea and great displays.

Rose plant with many small yellow flowersThis Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, Zones 7–10) has climbed up to the top of the house. Lady Banks is a nearly thornless climbing rose.

Bright magenta azalea in bloomMore azaleas.

Large pink azalea in a gardenAnd even more azaleas, because what would a Southern garden be without azaleas?

tree with red-orange leaves in the sun‘Forest Pansy’ redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, Zones 5–9) with the sun shining through the leaves.

Purple azalea with extra petalsA beautiful azalea with double flowers showing extra layers of petals for even more color.

pink-and-white flowers‘Winky Double’ columbine (Aquilegia ‘Winky Double’, Zones 4–8) has double flowers, a compact growth habit, and upward-facing blooms.

Large white clematis flowers with purple annual behind themA white clematis (Clematis, early large-flowered group, Zones 4–10) is positioned in front of a blue scaevola (Scaevola aemula, Zones 10–11 or as annual).

Pink rose climbing over an arch over a path in the gardenThe pink climbing rose ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ (Zones 5–9) has fragrant flowers and nearly thornless stems.

Red-and-white striped rose growing against a brick wallRosa ‘Fourth of July’ (Zones 5–9) is a climbing rose with striped red-and-white flowers, each one showing a different pattern.


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  1. starvnmarvn 05/17/2021

    Beautiful! Your foliage is robust & so healthy. Nice work Doc.

    1. Begonia155 05/17/2021

      Thank you!

  2. Cenepk10 05/17/2021

    Wow !!!! That was a treat!!!! I want to see more of that garden !!! That columbine is FAB U LOUS. And of course- being Southern myself, I’m in love with the azaleas.

    1. Begonia155 05/17/2021

      Thank you!

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    simplesue 05/17/2021

    You sure have some beautiful azaleas, and I love that garden path!

    1. Begonia155 05/17/2021

      Thank you!

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    treasuresmom 05/17/2021

    You are right -- there's nothing like azaleas in the south in the spring. I have that George L. Taber as well. We have had an extremely wet winter & spring & it has been loaded with flowers.

  5. btucker9675 05/17/2021

    Lovely garden! I have only been in the Charlotte area for about 6 years and am still learning ways to deal with the heavy clay here. Nothing like the soil in northern NJ which rarely needed amending - although it was very rocky in areas. Thanks for sharing - especially that double columbine. I have had no success with columbines here yet so obviously haven't found the right spot for them.

    1. Begonia155 05/17/2021

      Thank you so much

  6. user-5117752 05/17/2021

    Lovely photos! I particularly liked the Rosa 'Fourth of July' but I've had such battles with Japanese beetles that I've given up on roses. Well, I have one 'Knockout Rose' left. I live in the Asheville area of NC so our growing seasons are often more like the Northeast.

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  7. carolineyoungwilliams 05/17/2021

    Congratulations on your Retirement Lena and Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. It is simply Beautiful. May sunshine, rainbows and flowers be your Blessings.

    1. Begonia155 05/17/2021

      Thank you so much

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