Dale’s Garden in 2020 – FineGardening
Today we drive to Michigan to visit Dale Dailey’s garden and look back on the highlights of the past year.
Spring started early in central Michigan, and many of the early risers had cold weather and snow. This is a scene from that time.
But when summer came, the same area exploded into a lush scene.
Other garden areas got their money’s worth. The Japanese garden features a new central tree, a weeping red bud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’, zones 5–9).
A dry stream area in front of our house has daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, zones 3–9) and a purple-leaved, distorted hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Roter Drache’, zones 4–8) on each side.
The alpine garden continued to provide surprises, especially after a hard winter. This hardy cactus (Escobaria vivipara, zones 4–8) was particularly spectacular.
Another particular plant, a Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink, Zones 4-9), bloomed in full bloom in a shaded area this summer.
I also tended a group of geraniums with variegated leaves that popped up from seeds. I hope that one of them will keep its diversity and be able to multiply.
Another popular spot is the shaded garden area that I see when I drive up the driveway. It includes a well-established range of hostas, astilbe, epimedium, and other shade-loving plants.
We live on a dusty gravel road, but I’ve created a small, rugged garden area around our mailbox. There are some tough arachnid (Tradescantia virginiana, Zones 4-9) and daylilies in the area.
A friend took a photo of part of the garden with his drone. The photo gives a good impression of the layout east of our house. It gives the garden a whole new perspective.
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