Today we are visiting Margot Navarre’s garden in Bellevue, Washington.
I adore my winter and spring gardens but am getting into the summer spirit of gardening.
Lysimachia (Lysimachia punctata, Zones 4–8), Alchemilla mollis (Zones 3–8), lavenders (Lavandula species, Zones 5–9) and Nepeta (Zones 3–8) all perform without a lot of water, as well as no fertilizer and no pesticides. There are lots of bees in this space—a healthy ecosystem. It is the sunniest space in my garden, so we grow a variety of garlic, tomatoes, and herbs in the galvanized containers. I always grow a different type of flower in one of the containers, and this year it was cosmos with sweet peas.
Ground-cover drifts of Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ (Japanese painted fern, Zones 4–9), Saxifraga × urbium (London pride, Zones 4–9), and epimediums (Epimedium species, Zones 5–9) prevent weeding as all the ground is filled in with plants.
Maianthemum racemosum (Zones 3–8) and rhododendrons from the deck looking into the woods
Cardiocrinium giganteum (Zones 7–9) will often take up to eight years to flower. These are offsets from previous bloomers and take less than half the time to flower. Located in my dry shade woodland garden, they are the largest lilies in the world. They are native to the Himalayas, China, and Myanmar.
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