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A Landscaper’s Home Garden – FineGardening


Today’s photos are from Lynette Rodriguez.

I am a gardener by training: UW-Madison BS ’93. Together with my husband Francisco, we run a small landscaping company in northern Illinois, where we design, install and maintain multiple locations. I love color combination vignettes and choose plant material to ensure successful plantings. Our customers allow us to “just do what we do” to keep the gardens beautiful. We love our job!

This is a photo I recently took during an “application” of hoarfrost that covered the trees and shrubs on various mornings. Unfortunately there is no blue sky in the background, but it was still beautiful.

Hoar iceEven more white ice. Rime ice occurs when high humidity combines with cold temperatures.

Coleus VinoSweep and fill in the void – it sounds like a soccer game, but it’s a design tactic that I implement to mix colors. A sweep of Diervilla’s ‘Cool Splash’ (Zones 4-8) is highlighted with Coleus ‘Vino’ (annual) behind and ‘American Salmon’ Geranium (Pelargonium ‘American Salmon’, annual) in front. Splashes of powder blue ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ (annually) emerge from bed to soothe the richness of the variegated lip. A mix of Cleome ‘Señorita Rosita’ (annual) and Salvia ‘Amistad’ (zones 8-10 or annual) provides a break between the dark foliage of the Pennisetum ‘First Knight’ (zones 7-11 or annual). and the aforementioned Coleus.

Angelonia Angelface Wedgewood BlueAllium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 5–9) and Angelonia ‘Angelface Wedgewood Blue’ (annual) are a heavenly game.

Echinacea purpureaAralia ‘Sun King’ (Zones 4-8) and Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 5-8) didn’t seem to fit at first, but when the coneflower was in full bloom I found that I loved this combination a lot more than I expected I would.

Peach hibiscusA hanging basket with a peach hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis hybrid, zones 10-11 or annually). The hanging basket consists of Begonia ‘Unbelievable Lucky Strike’, Dwarf Marguerite Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas, zones 9-11 or annually), Fuchsia ‘Bella Mariska’ (annually) and Coleus ‘Wedding Train’ (annually).

Verbena bonariensisVerbena bonariensis (zones 7–11 or annual) with Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’, zones 3–9) in the background.

Clematis the first ladyClematis ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Polish Spirit’ (Zones 4-11, although I’m not sure this is a correct passport) mix with perfection.

Bulk container plantingsThese are actually three pots that are close enough together to create the feel of a large planting. From left to right: Staubmüller (Jacobaea maritima, zones 7–11 or annual), Scaveola ‘Scampi Blue’ (annual), Coleus’ Vino ‘(annual), Artemisia’ Powis Castle ‘(zones 4–9), Coleus’ Wedding Train ‘(annually), Pentas’ Jessica’ (annually), Pennisetum ‘Black Knight’, Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’, dwarf marguerite sweet potato vine, Coleus’ Alabama Sunset ‘(annually), Euphorbia’ Ascot Rainbow ‘(annually) Zones 6– 9) and golden sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Icterina’, zones 4–8).

frost-covered gardenThis photo was taken in my home on October 5th, 2020. It was “the end of the gardening season in the morning light”. I am always sad to say goodbye to the garden in the fall, but the fall morning light and color help ease the pain.

Winter forest sceneThis forest scene makes a stop in the silence of winter. The ancient oaks stretch across the path to provide protection and secrecy to all who linger in their size.

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