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Summer Magic in Bill and Linda’s Garden

A show-stopping Virginia garden

garden path winding through lots of hot-colored flowers

Amy is taking us along on a visit to an incredible garden today.

A visit to Bill and Linda Pinkham’s Virginia garden in each of the four seasons always charms me with new delights. Last fall I submitted photos of their garden that highlighted the value of evergreens for structure and the beauty of decay among the late-blooming perennials (The Magical World of Bill and Linda Pinkham’s Garden). Now it’s summer, and my mother-in-law and I were fortunate to visit the garden again and experience the wonder nature provides at this time of year. Linda is an avid daylily hybridizer, so there are literally thousands throughout the garden, and they were showing off. Another highlight is a whale tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia, Zones 7–10) in full bloom. I featured this plant in my previous Pinkham garden post, when Bill had told us they bloom only once and only after 12 years. With such a rare event, we didn’t expect to ever see it, so we were thrilled to find one had in fact bloomed. At around 20 feet tall, it gave a spectacular, Dr. Seuss–like display. As always, it was a joy to visit the Pinkhams and we are grateful for their unforgettable garden and their generosity in sharing it!

giant agave bloom at the front of a garden bedThe huge, blooming whale tongue agave dominates this view of the garden.

garden bed full of shrubs and orange liliesAn incredible stand of lilies (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–8) in the parterre garden

garden bed full of pink and purple flowersThe secret garden has flowers all blooming in shades of pink and lavender.

pink and yellow flowersA true lily (Lilium ‘Lemoncello’, Zones 4–8) towers over shorter daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4–8) blooming in front.

garden path winding through lots of hot-colored flowersA walk through the countless blooming daylilies

pink, red, and orange dayliliesMore daylilies! When you are a daylily breeder, you have a lot of them to enjoy!

garden bed with lots of different texturesSea statice (Limonium latifolium, Zones 2–9) blooms amid clouds of tiny lavender flowers.

garden bed full of bright green and yellow plantsAn extensive collection of dwarf and weeping conifers forms the bones of this garden.

garden bed full of flowers and shrubsMore daylilies, backed up by beautiful shrubs


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    treasuresmom 07/06/2022

    The true lilies and the daylilies are out of this world.

  2. margotnavarre 07/06/2022

    Lovely garden

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    simplesue 07/06/2022

    Wow that garden is spectacular!!!
    The Agave blooming like a tree straight out of a Dr. Seuss illustration is an amazing sight to see!
    Oh and those bottle trees are such a nice touch!
    I'm even marveling at the iris foliage, so healthy and upright...(after mine bloom nicely the foliage looks so tired.)
    What an amazing accomplishment this garden is, I just love it!

  4. btucker9675 07/06/2022

    This is a truly astonishing garden - nothing that doesn't delight the eye! That agave....

  5. madcosta_7 07/07/2022

    Is this garden ever open during the Virginia Garden Week which occurs each April? This is so beautiful and reminds me of the ones that use to be open to the public in Middleburg. Thank you for sharing.

  6. user-5117752 07/07/2022

    Simply fabulous!!! Cannot get over that blooming agave!
    All the colors have my heart swirling!!! I, too, love those bottle sculptures. Thanks so much for having your gardens posted!!!

  7. maryannborcherding 07/08/2022

    Thanks for send in Bill and Linda Pinkham's Garden in Virginia. As a fellow Daylily gardener, I enjoyed seeing other gardens.

  8. gardenconcierge 07/31/2022

    Your agave plant is magnificent! Congratulations.

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