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The Merry Month of May in Carla’s Garden

The most abundant month of the year

shade garden with white flowers and variegated foliage

Carla Zambelli is sharing the abundance of spring in her Malvern, Pennsylvania, garden with us today.

May means rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies, the first roses, and more! The garden is awash in birdsong and color. Every day is something new!

close up of dark red rhododendron in bloomA gorgeous dark, rich, red Rhododendron in full spring bloom

two different shrubs with white flowers in the gardenWhite azalea (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) and double Viburnum plicatum (Zones 5–8) both present white flowers against the rich greens of spring

wood owl carving artCarla has art scattered around the garden, and this wooden owl carving looks beautiful and right at home.

pink azalea growing next to a bright green fernAzalea blooms with a beautiful fern (looks to be Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Zones 4–8)

close up of two bright yellow tree peony flowersGorgeous yellow tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) blooms

close up of bright pink clematis flowerA stunning large-flowered clematis (Clematis hybrid, Zones 5–8) with layer upon layer of petals beginning to unfurl

clematis with large pink flowersThe same clematis a few days later—more petals are open, but more are still to come.

close up of white clematis flowers edged in light pinkThis large-flowered clematis has the most sophisticated blooms, nearly white, edged in the most delicate pink.

shade garden with white flowers and variegated foliageA beautiful view of the garden in the shade of trees, with a lot of the beauty coming from different-colored foliage.

seating area in the garden surrounded by potted plantsHere’s a nice spot to sit and enjoy the garden, surrounded by potted plants, many of them tropicals that spend the winters indoors.

Carla sent so many beautiful photos that we’ll be back in her garden tomorrow to enjoy more of them!


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  1. sandyprowse 05/29/2023

    That was a lovely posting of various garden beauties, the bright red rhododendron, the yellow tree peony, and those clematis are stunning. And above the garden the wise old owl takes in the splendour. Thanks for posting. Loved it !

  2. MohawkValley 05/29/2023

    Very comfy , surrounded by nothing but color . Looks like a great hideaway for those valuable moments of leisure and anytime an escape is the flavor of the day . Beautiful . Peace from the Mohawk Valley in central NYS .

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    user-7007816 05/29/2023

    The colors and textures are beautiful. Thank-you for sharing.

  4. Oxdriftgardener 05/29/2023

    Everything looks so full and lush. Such an abundance of beauty. Highly anticipating the sequel tomorrow.

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    simplesue 05/30/2023

    I like your "outdoor room", so cute!
    The stump art is just amazing to see in your garden!

  6. sheila_schultz 05/30/2023

    I love your gardens, Carla. They are lush and definitely lovely. It must be a treat to wander and stop to take in all of the delightful spring fragrances!

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