Welcome to Genny Hood’s Illinois garden!
I live southeast of Mechanicsburg, Illinois, on a farm with my husband, Bill. I’ve been flower gardening for many years. In the spring, my garden is filled with hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums, and others. In the summer, it is packed with a variety of different perennials, hanging baskets, annuals, summer bulbs, etc. I’m out working in the yard every day. It’s a true love and passion of mine. My garden is not really themed; it’s more like a rambling cottage garden. I have a yearly garden luncheon with coworkers. I’m not a master gardener or professional by any means; I just enjoy spending time in my garden. Just thought I’d share my pictures with you. I hope you enjoy them.
Welcome to the garden! This archway beautifully marks the entrance to a magical, flower-filled world. In the background, other pieces of garden art and architecture are in the same bright white, tying them and the whole garden together.
Genny’s garden is a prime example of the oft-repeated but so-difficult-to-follow bit of gardening advice: Plant in drifts, not just ones and twos! Here, huge sweeps of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9) are breathtaking in their sheer profusion. I bet the pollinators love them too!
More purple coneflowers, mingling with garden art and zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual)
Placing this pot of purple scaevola (Scaevola aemula, Zone 11 or as annual) up on a pedestal in the middle of the perennials turns it into a dramatic and eye-catching centerpiece.
A white fountain surrounded by a tidy hedge gives a sense of order and visual calm amid the abundantly flowering perennials and annuals.
Another mass of purple coneflowers looking magical. I love the variation in form and color, ranging from intense magenta to nearly white. Purple coneflowers often seed around when happy, and each seedling can be a little different.
A collection of bright annuals fills the summer with color.
In shade, the garden relies more on foliage than flowers, but it is no less beautiful.
No space goes unplanted! This narrow bed along the house is filled with hostas and gets height and interest from ferns in hanging baskets.
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