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Veronica’s Delaware Garden

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border garden bed with orange heuchera and dark elderberry

Today we’re visiting Veronica Labate’s garden.

close up of Jack-in-the-pulpit flowerWhen I was a child my mother would give me Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum, Zones 4–9) to take to school for show and tell. I have moved it to each house I’ve lived in. It now resides in Lewes, Delaware. The small garden was started five years ago from a blank slate and, like all gardens, is constantly changing as things grow.

blue container with purple flowers and chartreuse foliage This purple clematis (Clematis hybrid, Zones 5–8) highlights the lemony lace elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘Lemony Lace’, Zones 3–7).

small water feature in front of a porch and surrounded by plantsA small fountain is surrounded by blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium Zones 4–9), Wisteria (Zones 5–9), Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata, Zones 5–9), white bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9), and variegated bishop’s goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria, Zones 3–10).

border garden bed with orange heuchera and dark elderberryBlack lace elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘Black Lace’, Zones 3–7) provides some shade for a white azalea (Rhododendron hybrid), spotted mayapple (Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, Zones 6–9), Heuchera, and hostas.

small concrete patio in the shape of a turtleBeyond the Baptisia australis (blue false indigo, Zones 3–9) is a turtle-shaped stamped-concrete patio.

close up of light orange roseDavid Austin English rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

close up of bright red flowersCrocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Zones 5–9)

shrubs and ornamental grass along a metal fenceBobo hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’, Zones 4–8), zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, Zones 5–9), and Trautman juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’, Zones 4–9) are congregated by the back fence.

close up of light purple hosta flowersI love the flower of this hosta. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name. (Editor’s note: It looks like it could be the variety ‘Guacamole’, but there are so many hosta varieties out there it is hard to know for sure.)

swallowtail butterfly on a purple alliumA swallowtail butterfly visits the ‘Millenium’ allium (Allium ‘Millenium’, Zones 5–8).


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    simplesue 11/03/2022

    I love the story about your Jack in the Pulpit!
    Good to learn about the (Sambucus racemosa ‘Lemony Lace’ from you, I always wondered what those plants were...looks so good I'm wondering where to find enough sun to squeeze one into my garden!
    Beautiful little border and water feature by the steps- such a pretty garden!
    Your Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ are fabulous, bet you get hummingbirds feeding on them... I'd like to squeeze some of those into my garden too!

  2. paiya 11/04/2022

    Beautiful garden ( and photography). What is your secret to unblemished leaves and flowers? I also like your story of Jack in the pulpit; 50 years ago when we were leaving SAfrica we dug up our shrimp bush and planted it in my close friend’s garden where it flourishes , 8ft tall

  3. raleighgardener 11/04/2022

    Thank you for sharing your lovely garden. You have accomplished so much in such a short time! My favorite photo is the one with the gold Heuchera, purple clematis, and the wide variety of light to dark greens and leaf textures and shapes. Beautiful!

  4. fromvirginia 11/04/2022

    Lovely combinations especially the lemony lace elderberry and clematis. Your Jude the Obscure rose is perfect and I bet so fragrant.

  5. btucker9675 11/04/2022

    Your garden could not be any prettier and I love your "turtle-io"!! I am totally stealing the elderberry/clematis combination...

  6. sheila_schultz 11/05/2022

    Every single detail, from textures, leaf shapes to brilliant colors is comforting to the eye. You have the eye of an artist for plant selection and placement. Beautiful!

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