Today we’re visiting Veronica Labate’s garden.
When 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.
This purple clematis (Clematis hybrid, Zones 5–8) highlights the lemony lace elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ‘Lemony Lace’, Zones 3–7).
A 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).
Black 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.
Beyond the Baptisia australis (blue false indigo, Zones 3–9) is a turtle-shaped stamped-concrete patio.
David Austin English rose ‘Jude the Obscure’
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Zones 5–9)
Bobo 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.
I 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.)
A swallowtail butterfly visits the ‘Millenium’ allium (Allium ‘Millenium’, Zones 5–8).
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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!
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
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!
Lovely combinations especially the lemony lace elderberry and clematis. Your Jude the Obscure rose is perfect and I bet so fragrant.
Your garden could not be any prettier and I love your "turtle-io"!! I am totally stealing the elderberry/clematis combination...
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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