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Vicki’s Illinois Garden

A decade in a garden

container planting in a old watering can

Vicki is sharing her garden with us today.

I have been gardening in this location in Illinois for 10 years. I have a variety of flowers, dragonwing begonias, bee balm, hostas, phlox, and balloon flowers. I have had trouble this year with deer eating hostas. I do all the planting, and my husband does the mowing.

shady seating area in the garden with container plantingsPots of dragonwing begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) provide a pop of color next to a spot to sit and enjoy the garden.

close up of garden shed with window boxes and many flowers planted in frontWindow boxes full of yellow petunias (Petunia hybrids, Zones 10–11 or as annuals) overflow with flowers, while bright bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9) blooms in the foreground.

shade garden bed with lots of hostasShady Hosta (Zones 3–9) border

container planting in a old watering canCreative containers and garden art liven up the space.

pink and yellow flowers in the gardenPink balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 3–8) and phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), with tall sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) behind

small table and chairs in the garden with vine growing aroundA perfect spot to sit and enjoy the garden, maybe with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning

various colorful garden art along a small fenceA variety of garden art brightens up a fence, and adding a mirror tricks the eye into making the space feel bigger.

mix of petunias in a containerA red chair echoes the color of the red petunias in this mixed container.


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    treasuresmom 08/02/2023

    Love your balloon flowers.

  2. paiya 08/02/2023

    Lovely, varied, imaginative and interesting garden

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    simplesue 08/02/2023

    So cool the way you used the old bike as art with the flowers on it! Love seeing the sun flowers planted in a pot (I gotta try that myself!) The shade garden area with the hostas is so pretty too. I like your BoHo style!

  4. btucker9675 08/02/2023

    Love!!! So full of whimsy and delight - Keep up the gardening magic!

  5. user-7392754 08/02/2023

    The flowers are lovely and I really love all of your garden art!! What a fun garden to walk through!!! Thank you for sharing it!!!

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