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Yearning for Spring in Virginia

Anticipating the color to come

water fountain with flowers in the background

Today’s photos are from Pamela Stout.

I was very inspired by GPOD posts about yearning for spring and color. I can relate! I have my first hellebore bud coming in, so it’s officially the start of the gardening season for me. Yes, I’m a four-season gardener! I have a small urban garden in Northern Virginia that I have been working on for over twenty-five years. It’s primarily a shade garden, with trees, perennial shrubs, and flowers supplemented by annuals and containers. I go big for flowers. You will see that I definitely have a preference for pinks, purples, and blues. I’m not the best photographer, but I do love to garden!

pink helleboreFirst hellebore (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9) bud of 2022

pink Hellebore in full bloomHellebore in full bloom

winter-blooming camelliaA winter-blooming camellia (Camellia hybrid, Zones 7–11)

Mop head hydrangeasThese mophead hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) were transplanted several years ago and are still going strong.

fountain surrounded by beautiful flowersEvery garden needs water. Our fountain is surrounded by annual white impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) and perennial pink astilbe (Astilbe hybrid, Zones 3–8), with camellia shrubs and boxwoods (Buxus sp., Zones 5–9) in the background. The fountain attracts lots of garden wildlife, including foxes, bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, and birds.

textures in the gardenI like to play with textures in the garden. Here are lovely annual pink pentas (Pentas lanceolata) sandwiched between fall-blooming liriope (Liriope muscari, Zones 5–10) and my favorite evergreen, ‘Blue Star’ juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’, Zones 4–8).

I’m originally from California, and this summer Agapanthus (Zones 8–10) reminds me of the garden of my childhood.

Summer-blooming butterfly weedSummer-blooming butterfly weed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–9) with a visitor

I love the way this pink orchid lamium (Lamium maculatum, Zones 3–9) lights up the shade. It contrasts nicely with the leaves of my favorite tricolored hosta (Hosta ‘Striptease’, Zones 4–8), with its white margins sandwiched between blue-green edges and celery green interior. In the background are fall-blooming toad lilies (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’, Zones 5–8).

Striptease hostaOnce again, my favorite hosta, ‘Striptease’. I embed my hostas with the rest of my plants instead of grouping them together in a sea of hostas. I only have about a dozen varieties, but I do favor hostas on the bluish side (glaucous hostas).

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  1. gardendevas 02/14/2022

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers and gorgeous fountain setting! Am in zone 5 and envious of your camellia. ;)

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    treasuresmom 02/14/2022

    Love seeing hellebores late winter/early spring.

  3. raleighgardener 02/14/2022

    You say you go big for flowers, but I LOVE what you've done with foliage colors and contrasting textures! And, I'm very envious of your ability to grow hostas, impatiens, hydrangeas, astilbe flowers, toad lily, etc. They would all be deer candy in my garden.

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    cynthia2020 02/14/2022

    Hi Pamela - love the fountain scene and how you described the animals that visit that area. I also like pink flowers and am happy for you that your Asclepias incarnata bloomed - I grew several plants from seed but something always ate them so I never had flowers. The roots are strong so maybe this year...

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    simplesue 02/14/2022

    Love your garden plants! Cool water feature, and wow I love your color palette for flowers...the Butterfly Weed is just the color I was looking for!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. btucker9675 02/14/2022

    Love all of your garden, but especially that beautiful fountain. Wonderful!

  7. angelaobrienruff 02/14/2022

    I am so envious of your beautiful hostas. In my garden they are snail and slug candy!

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