Today we’re sharing more photos from Connie Prendergast’s garden in Sedgewick, Alberta. Sometimes we gardeners feel like we could have the garden of our dreams if only we were in a different climate. It can be so easy to feel like all the plants we really want to grow are not quite hardy here or need different conditions. But Connie shows that you can make an incredible garden no matter where you are. Sedgewick is in USDA Hardiness Zone 3, about 300 miles (480 km) north of the U.S. border in Montana. Zone 3 means that the average low temperature each winter is between –40°F and –30°F (–40°C to –34°C). Yet Connie has filled her garden with beautiful plants that thrive in her cold climate. Yesterday we featured her beautiful collection of peonies, which laugh at cold winters, and today we’re looking at some of the other beautiful plants in her garden.
Bright orange Asiatic lilies (Lilium, Asiatic group, Zones 3–9) mingle with the cheery flowers of oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare Zones 3–8)—with, of course, some peonies in the background.
Foliage power! Yellow-green hosta leaves contrast with a dark heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 3–8) selection. Above them, lily buds are ready to break in to bloom, and, of course, there’s another peony in the background! This is indeed the garden of a peony lover.
Masterwort (Astrantia major, Zones 4–7) has intricate, unusual flowers that are beloved by pollinators. A good choice for northern gardens, it thrives best in areas where the summers aren’t too hot.
Mock orange (Philadelphus sp., Zones 4–8) is an old-fashioned shrub that’s not seen frequently in today’s gardens but is well worth planting. It covers itself with pretty white flowers, and even better—those flowers are full of the heavenly scent of orange blossoms.
Beautiful flowers aren’t the only residents of this garden! This cat knows that it looks its best when paired with the pink flowers of spiked speedwell (Veronica spicata, Zones 3–8).
Another view of pink spiked speedwell, with the hot pink flowers echoing the color of the peony in the back.
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