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Sue’s Front Garden

The bright colors of spring!

bright red tulips and pink phlox planted at the edge of a retaining wall

Today we’re checking in with Sue in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where spring has arrived.

It is just the beginning of all the blooms, but after the cold and gray and brown of winter, I’m excited to see color in my front garden. Sabrina, my cat, insists on being in most of my garden photos. The leveling and planting of the front garden is the result of five years of hard work.

cat in a small garden bed with colorful flowersSabrina the cat poses with tulips (Tulipa hybrids, Zones 4–8) and phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) coming into bloom and the silvery bushes of lavender (Lavandula, Zones 5–9) just waking up after winter.

bright red tulips and pink phlox planted at the edge of a retaining wallPhlox planted at the edge of a retaining wall tumbles over the edge beautifully.

view of front garden and roadThis look down the front garden shows the two different levels. Tulips and phlox dominate right now, with bearded irises (Iris hybrids, Zones 3–9) ready to come on a little later.

close up of a yellow tulip with pink streaksClose-up of a tulip

close up of yellow and orange tulipHere is the bright color that’s so welcome once spring finally gets here!


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  1. MohawkValley 04/03/2023

    As with all contributors here , very nice ! Nothing like enthusiasm and anticipation of more to come . Keep up the good "work" ! Peace from the Mohawk Valley in central NY .

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    cynthia2020 04/03/2023

    Sue - the red tulips are so eye-catching and I like lush look of the cascading phlox. I see you have a place for even more plants in containers on the fence!

  3. btucker9675 04/03/2023

    Sabrina is absolutely correct in assuming she should be in all photos - she's gorgeous as is your front garden!

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    simplesue 04/03/2023

    So pretty! I love the way you have the retaining wall and then another level with the black iron fence with the planting boxes! Great design!

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