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Teresa’s Garden in the Mountains

A happy place full of flowers

colorful garden with mountain view behind

My name is Teresa Cody. I live in the mountains of North Carolina. When I first started gardening I didn’t know a perennial from an annual. I just knew I loved flowers and wanted to learn all I could. My garden is where I can escape for 15 minutes or six hours. It’s my happy place.

colorful garden with mountain view behindTeresa clearly knows an annual from a perennial now. This garden is just packed to the brim with flowers. And the amazing mountain views aren’t hurting either!

pink dahlias at sunsetThese dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as tender bulbs) have been grown to perfection and carefully staked to allow the tall, heavy flowers to show off.

garden in fall with mums and pumpkinA brick retaining wall is a perfect spot to display fall pumpkins and mums, under a big paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8), which has beautiful bark all year and will turn spectacular colors come fall.

three bumblebees on a red and yellow dahliaThree bumblebees are pollinating this dahlia bloom! Dahlias can be great pollinator plants, especially the simple flower forms like these that produce more pollen than the fully double ones.

blue flowers surrounded by yellow foliageBlue hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) look all the bluer for a backdrop of yellow creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9).

single red flower in front of fernsA single Oriental poppy (Papaver orientalis, Zones 5–9) grows out of a carpet of creeping Jenny.


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  1. blondie3 09/23/2021

    What a fantastic view, and the flowers are beautiful, the dahlia with the bees on it is perfect. So very nice.

    1. user-7645917 09/23/2021

      Absolutely beautiful! The mountains make a great backdrop for your gorgeous gardens!

  2. Rebeccazone7 09/23/2021

    Love the retaining wall, also the contrast of the Creeping Jenny with the Hydrangea. Makes me laugh, as I too only have one lone Oriental Poppy. Dahlias aren't happy with my yard, as the trees have overtaken the amount of sun, but I still covet them from afar.

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    treasuresmom 09/23/2021

    All so very lovely (including the mountains)

  4. nwphilagardener 09/23/2021

    gorgeous quality photos with rich saturated color!

  5. gardendevas 09/23/2021

    Absolutely gorgeous! The mountain view is magnificent, and your garden is also. Thanks for sharing.

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    simplesue 09/23/2021

    Such a pretty garden! Love the photos of 3 bees on the Dahlia and those pink Dahlias with the pink sky...great photos!
    Definitely a happy place!

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    JanetInCwood 09/23/2021

    What a truly spectacular place you have. Are you in the smoky mountains. My girlfriends sister visits there snd I’ve heard it’s a wonderful place. The colours are wonderful. Just loved it.

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    JanetInCwood 09/23/2021

    What a truly wonderful garden. Thank you so much. The colours are fab.

  9. etgarv 09/23/2021

    Next phase of learning --- move to native plants. Perfect for such a natural area. [or any area for that matter].

  10. btucker9675 09/23/2021

    Great job on a beautiful garden!

  11. reymac214 10/14/2021
    Wow. This garden is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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