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Warmer Days in Peggy’s Garden

The garden from spring to fall

Hi, it’s Peggy Fox from Gig Harbor, Washington. I’ve been a GPOD contributor a couple of times over the last few years. (Check out Peggy’s articles here and here.) Today it’s sleeting out in our western Washington garden, and I’m looking longingly at garden photos through the year. Here are some photos of the garden from spring to fall in more pleasant weather.

An old apple tree in mid-April with Narcissus, Spanish bluebell, Kerria japonica, White Lunaria annua, and Leucojum aestivumThis is the wild area under an old apple tree in mid-April with Narcissus (such a nice fragrance—probably the variety ‘Flower Drift’, Zones 3–7), Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica, Zones 3–8), double-flowering Kerria japonica (Zones 4–9), white Lunaria annua (honesty, Zones 5–9), and Leucojum aestivum (Zones 4–8).

Beautiful LeucojumBeautiful Leucojumso fresh and promising!

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’, Rhododendron ‘Shrimp Girl'Tiny and sweet Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ (Zones 6–9) in mid-May, with Rhododendron ‘Shrimp Girl’ (Zones 5–8) behind

Wild marguerites, Iris ‘Gerald Darby’, Iris douglasiana, Iris pallidaWild marguerites (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–8), Iris ‘Gerald Darby’ (Zones 4–9), Iris douglasiana (Zones 7–9), and Iris pallida ‘Variegata’ (Zones 4–9) at the end of May

Iris douglasianaIris douglasiana

High season in the entry garden at the end of June, with Alstroemeria (Zones 8–10), Centranthus ruber (Zones 5–8), roses ‘Sexy Rexy’, ‘Newport’ and ‘Evelyn’, phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 5–8). Blooming in the background are Schizophragma hydrangenoides (Zones 5–8), Astilbe (Zones 4–8), Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Zones 5–8), Filipendula (Zones 4–8), Rodgersia (Zones 5–8), and Orkney Cherry cranesbill (Geranium ‘Orkney Cherry’, Zones 5–9).

Delicate ‘Newport’ roseDelicate ‘Newport’ rose

Verbena bonariensis and Cerinthe major (annual) at the beginning of OctoberVerbena bonariensis (Zones 5–9 or as an annual) and Cerinthe major (annual) at the beginning of October

Cornus florida and Darmera peltataA little fall color from Cornus florida [the cultivar ‘Cherokee Brave’, I think, Zones 5–9], and Darmera peltata (Zones 5–7) in mid-October

Japanese maplesJapanese maples (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’, aka coral bark maple, in the back, with an unknown variety in the front, Zones 5–9) starting to color in mid-October against the greens of several conifers, Tetrapanex papyrifer (Zones 8–11), and the last of the dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb).

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    user-7007816 01/03/2022

    Lovely garden and great photography. In my next life, I want to live in Washington.

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    treasuresmom 01/03/2022

    It is all so very pretty but I really adore that Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’.

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  4. Jay_Sifford 01/03/2022

    Just beautiful, and just what we need on a January morning. Thank you.

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    vanhatalosuomi 01/03/2022

    Splendid garden, and especially lovely photos! Really stunning displays throughout, you must be so thrilled! Thank you for sharing your garden space, I really enjoyed seeing your delightful arrangements of plants. :)
    Happy New Year from Finland!

  6. sohappygardening 01/03/2022

    Such nice nice gardens! Lots of work. Where did you purchase the spherical umbrella looking pieces in the garden with the wild margeurites and iris. That is if you don’t mind. Thank you in advance.

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    simplesue 01/03/2022

    Very pretty, very refreshing and inspiring to see your garden photos on this cold dark morning in Pittsburgh!
    Your ‘Newport’ rose sure is spectacular!

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    bdowen 01/03/2022

    Beautiful plants and garden design, beautiful photography, especially the quality of the light filtering through the trees. Lovely to "wander through" your garden on a gray January day.

  9. user-5117752 01/03/2022

    Exquisite photos!!! We've just had our first snow here in Western North Carolina and seeing your pics just brought joy to my heart. Yes, the snow is lovely but nothing compared to a beautiful garden in spring, summer and fall! Thank for your love and talent with us all!

    1. btucker9675 01/03/2022

      We didn't get snow here just south of Charlotte, but have had 4 straight days of rain and storms and lost power for awhile this morning. Looking at this wonderful garden throughout the year sure brightened my day - especially the photo of the plantings under the apple tree. Wonderful!

  10. carolineyoungwilliams 01/26/2022

    Peggy, your garden is beautiful. The wild area was nice but I really enjoyed the Entrance garden and the beautiful Rose and Verbena. Thank you for sharing.

  11. thomas44 06/21/2022

    Nice blog

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