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Yuliya’s New Jersey Garden

Beauty all through the year

close up of planting with white and purple flowers

Here are some photos of my garden throughout the seasons. I garden in northern New Jersey, Zone 6, although we may move up to Zone 7 soon.

various white, yellow, and orange daffodils in the gardenI planted thousands of daffodils a few years ago and hope they naturalize. I love the double varieties like ‘Pink Champagne’, ‘White Lion’, and ‘Peach Cobbler’ (Zones 2–8).

close up of dark purple and pink tulipsI also plant hundreds of tulips (Tulipa hybrids, Zones 2–8). We have some deer pressure, and I have to spray diligently in spring as shoots starts to appear.

close up of dark purple tulips with light pink flower petals fallen aroundThe ‘Queen of Night’ tulip and fallen pink petals of our ‘Kanzan’ cherry (Prunus ‘Kanzan’, Zones 5–9) formed an unexpected and beautiful combination that I try to repeat now every year.

close up of bright pink peony in full bloomWe have a number of peonies that we inherited from previous owners, and they are probably 30 to 40 years old. The ‘Bowl of Beauty’ (Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’, Zones 4–7) had an incredible flower display last year because we cut down a nearby tree and the plant now receives the proper amount of light to flourish.

strip of plants planted near the roadThere are a lot of sun-loving plants on the hellstrip between the sidewalk and the street because it is one of the few places with full sun. Cleome (Cleome hassleriana, annual) and Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) are in bloom here.

garden bed with pink flowers and large foliage plantsI try to incorporate many native plants in my flower beds. I love their delicate nature and wild spirit. Here natives Phlox paniculata (Zones 4–8) and Echinacea purpurea (Zones 3–8) join the other plants in the bed.

garden in fall with ornamental grass and colorful foliageThe fall color in the garden is outstanding, and one of my favorite fall color plants is amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii, Zones 5–8), here showing off its yellow color between ornamental grasses and shrubs.

dormant plant in winter, covered in snowI leave a lot of perennial seed heads over the winter. They are actually very decorative, and birds adore the seeds.

close up on garden planting with ornamental grass, white flowers, and huge foliageTropical plants such as elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta, Zones 7–10) are abundant in the garden since they love our humid and hot New Jersey summers. I overwinter most of them in my basement as tubers, cuttings, etc.

large bouquet with pink and orange flowersI also grow a lot of dahlias (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb). They are attention grabbers in my fall garden and make stunning late-season bouquets.

close up of planting with white and purple flowersPurple Verbena bonariensis mixes with the white-edged bracts of Euphorbia marginata (annual), which is native to much of North America. Behind them is a cloud of silver and purple provided by Russian sage (Salvia yangii, Zones 5–9).


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    vanhatalosuomi 10/17/2022

    Thank you for sharing your garden. It is very lovely, and I love many things about it, especially the euphorbia and bonariensis pairing.
    Thanks again :)

    1. yuliyabe 10/17/2022

      Thank you!

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    cynthia2020 10/17/2022

    Yuliya - your love of gardening shines in your photos. I also like the euphorbia, bonariensis, and Russian sage combination.
    Plus your tulips, peonies, and the vase arrangement were especially beautiful to me.

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    treasuresmom 10/17/2022

    For those who are interested, Yuliya also posts to Youtube. Her channel is Y Garden.
    Yuliya, everything is lovely as usual.

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      simplesue 10/17/2022

      Treasuremom..hanks for the YouTube garden channel by this gardener- going there now!

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    simplesue 10/17/2022

    I just love the spring time photo with your pretty house in the distance and all the bulbs, the whole garden is super pretty!

  5. fromvirginia 10/18/2022

    Yuliya: lovely combinations as always. And beautiful photographs.

  6. garden1953 10/18/2022

    Love all your plant combos. Everything is just beautiful!

  7. raleighgardener 10/18/2022

    Your garden design is lovely and the plantings grow so lushly! Can I ask how you deal with the dying foliage of your daffodils? What do you have planted in those same beds near them that aren't swamped by the leaves as they start to lie down? I think one image of of the Amsonia, shrubs, and grasses in fall may be from the same or similar vantage point.

  8. btucker9675 10/18/2022

    Oh, how your beautiful garden makes me miss my northern NJ garden! They don't call it the Garden State for nothing - it's still the best place I've ever gardened. Love the photo of the tulip "cup" with the cherry blossom petals and your peonies make me green with envy - still trying to grow them here in NC. Thank you for sharing this great garden!

  9. sheila_schultz 10/18/2022

    Yuliya, the layering with the plantings in the 1st photo caught my eye. It's masterful and took a lot of thought. You have a gift with the art of plants in nature. Kudos!

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