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Wendy’s Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Highlights from summer

garden border in the spring with blue conifer and pink flowers

Wendy is sharing her beautiful garden with us today. We’ve visited her stunning garden before (Beauty From Wendy’s Garden).

close up of Clethra barbinervis around other shrubs and evergreensHere’s a Clethra barbinervis (Zones 4–8) ready to bloom in August. It’s a slow-growing large shrub or small tree for sun or light shade and prefers moist soil that does not dry out. It is intensely fragrant, especially in high humidity.

close up of large elephant ear foliageI tried elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculanta, Zones 7–10 or as a tender bulb) for the first time this year and underestimated its size.

hydrangeas in the foreground and background of gardenI’m completely sold on this dwarf Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ (Zones 3–8). I’m removing Hydrangea macrophylla (Zones 5–9) in my garden because the buds are destroyed during winter more often than not. The paniculatas’ blooms are reliable and long lasting. Blooming white in the background are Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ and ‘ Little Lime.’

close up of container planting with orange and purple flowersI’m not a big fan of orange tones in the garden, but I couldn’t resist the deep saturation of the color in this canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual).

close up of bright orange and yellow canna flowersUnfortunately, the Japanese beetles loved this beautiful bloom too.

garden border in the spring with blue conifer and pink flowersThe sunny perennial border by the patio in spring

close up of plants growing over a fenceThis Lonicera sempervirens (Zones 4–9) along the driveway blooms from spring until frost. Also seen is a Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ (Zones 6–10) trained as an espalier. It provides year-round color and texture.

garden border in winter with only a couple of evergreen shrubsThe desolation of the same patio perennial garden is shown here in winter. This photo tells me I need to give the garden more winter structure by adding small evergreens—but I’d have to remove perennials to provide the space for them.


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  1. Oxdriftgardener 08/30/2023

    Beautiful Wendy. Love your canna!

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    bdowen 08/30/2023

    I love orange and red-orange so your canna and zinnia combination looks wonderful to me, especially with the purple for contrast. Sometimes I think the empty spaces of winter, your desolation, are the peaceful, empty canvasses just waiting for spring's exuberance. You have created
    a beautiful garden!

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    vanhatalosuomi 08/30/2023

    Nice photos Wendy. Don't stress. I think you can achieve some structural interest simply by going vertical. Add a couple tuteur type trellises. You can place then amid the perennials and even add more, something like clematis. Have fun

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    simplesue 08/30/2023

    I love the photo of your garden with the statue and the Hydrangea paniculatas- wow such a beautiful garden!

  5. btucker9675 08/30/2023

    Gorgeous garden! Japanese beetles have been the worst for me this summer than I can ever remember - just terrible.

  6. user-7821942 09/07/2023

    I have noticed that many of the gardens in Pennsylvania are exceptionally beautiful as is your garden. I like the idea of training the Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' as an espalier. Very eye catching especially juxtaposed with the Lonicera sempervirens. Thanks for sharing your amazing garden.

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