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Visiting Elaine’s Garden

Rich plantings worth exploring

Today we’re visiting Elaine Hutson’s wonderful Oregon garden. We’ve visited before (Garden Perfection, 40+ Years in the Making: Part 1 and Part 2), and it is always a pleasure to revisit this beautiful space, which Elaine has created all herself over the past four decades.

Regal lilyRegal lily (Lilium regale, Zones 4–8) and a daylily bloom together. The daylily brings bright color, while the regal lily boasts a wonderful fragrance.

Smoke bushes (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 4–9) are common in gardens, but most often you see selections with dark purple-red foliage. This golden-leaved form (probably the variety ‘Golden Spirit’) is different and absolutely glows in the garden.

globe thistleA blue moment from delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7) and globe thistle (Echinops ritro, Zones 3–8).

Balloon flowerBalloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 3–8) surrounded by goldenrod (Solidago) and regal lily.

Variegated Siberian buglossVariegated Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Variegata’, Zones 3–8) has clouds of blue flowers in the spring, and big leaves boldly marked with white throughout the growing season.

Eryngium giganteumEryngium giganteum has silverly flower heads. It gets its common name, Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, not only from its ghostly white appearance, but because of the story that a Miss Wilmott loved the plant so much that she scattered seeds of it in gardens she visited. The plants that sprang up were the ghosts of her visit.

brick path in the gardenA simple brick path leading through the lush garden.

densely planted bedRegal lilies towering over a densely planted bed.

Siberian buglossSilver-patterned Siberian bugloss next to a rose.

Mown grass pathsMown grass paths invite visitors to explore the garden and enjoy each beautiful corner.


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    meander_michaele 04/10/2020

    It was a visual delight to have another opportunity to take a cyber walkabout through your beautiful garden areas, Elaine. I must confess to Siberian bugloss envy...your clumps are so robust and look the way they are meant to at their best. I have an 'Alexander's Great' that would make him blush with embarrassment since there is nothing great about struggles and remains puny. Obviously, the fault is mine and whereI have it planted. Anyway, it's a treat to see some varieties thriving under your care and growing conditions.

  2. garden1953 04/10/2020

    Stunning and very lush. Love the gardens!

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    simplesue 04/10/2020

    What a gorgeous work of art your garden is! I'm very impressed with your design and choice of plants!
    Love the way it transitions from one scene to the next.

  4. Musette1 04/10/2020

    such beauty! and some of my favorite plants therein - I'm attempting to grow 'Miss Willmott's' from seed this year - here's hoping it's even half as gorgeous and robust as yours!

    Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us!

  5. btucker9675 04/10/2020

    Beautiful garden - love that brick path. The blue of delphinium is always astonishingly lovely. Thanks for sharing your wonderful space.

  6. wittyone 04/10/2020

    Your garden is totally beautiful. Everything looks just right. I love looking at it even though it makes me feel totally inadequate as a garden despite 35 years of working on it. Maybe things will turn around in the next 5. Who knows? Miracles still happen.

  7. maryannborcherding 04/10/2020

    Your garden is beautiful and lush. Thanks for sharing. I live in the PNW and grow many of the same plants, abet on a much smaller scale. Your photos are amazing.

  8. Cenepk10 04/10/2020

    Goodness... So incredible may have to post comments per picture- So ! That’s what the smoke bush is supposed to look like !!!! I planted mine in April 2013 - It has yet to reach 18” tall. Keep threatening myself to move it - then decide to wait 1 more year...

  9. Cenepk10 04/10/2020

    Really stunning... Many of my favorites are growing in your garden. I especially love ( it all ) the balloon flower with the goldenrod & regal lily. ( I always thought goldenrod was a weed ! ) and of course- Delphinium!

  10. Maggieat11 04/10/2020

    More lovely photos. Thank you for bringing some brightness to this dreary day! I am especially loving the Variegated Siberian Bugloss. Hmmm, that will go on my "list"!
    Thanks for sharing.

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