A New Garden, Seven Years In
Today we visit Rebecca Downie.
This is my second submission to GPOD. A few years ago I had garden photos of our old house in “The Element of Surprise”. We have been based in a new home in Southington, Connecticut for nearly seven years now. There wasn’t a single plant when we moved in as this was a new neighborhood and it was slow but fun landscaping and gardens! Always in progress, of course.
These are the ‘Pinky Winky’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’, Zones 3-8) near my front stairs with a pot of zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) and geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual) in the front.
This is my favorite garden photo with the milk thistle (Echinops ritro, zones 3-8) coming out, a daisy my aunts gave me and a yarrow (Achillea hybrid, zones 3-9) behind it.
This hyssop variety (Agastache, zones 5–9) is “Sunset” and flowers later, but is very long-lived. I have different types of hyssops and they are such hummingbird attractors that I see hummingbirds every time I look out the window dozens of times a day during the summer.
I love clean, defined garden borders because they add order to gardens when the plants look messy between seasons. I designed this garden to remedy the slope difference between two lawns.
Simple combinations that bees and butterflies love – hydrangea ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ (Hydrangea serrata ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’, Zones 5–9), Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), daisy, butterfly bush.
More of the same!
In a particularly good year I saw 22 monarch butterflies at the same time on the butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, zones 5–9). It varies so much from year to year.
I like to have most of my yearbooks in planters for a happy look with perennials standing between flowers.
On the side and front I mainly use white roses and these lovely white peonies. Since the peonies don’t bloom for long and are so plentiful, making arrangements with gifts is fun.
A bear and a cub in our forest.
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