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Elle’s Connecticut Garden – FineGardening

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I always get excited when Elle Ronis sends in photos of her beautiful garden in Stamford, Connecticut. If you’ve missed previous posts, here are a few: Flowers and shrubs big and small for effective gardening with little labor.

In spring, an early blooming yellow rose (possibly Rosa hugonis, zones 5–9) can be perfectly combined with a showy peony (Paeonia hybrid, zones 3–8).

Japanese poppy seedsA Japanese poppy (Glaucidium pamatum, Zones 5–7). This graceful perennial for shade blooms with these large, lavender-blue flowers in the spring and keeps its attractive foliage for the rest of the summer. Easy to grow anywhere, it doesn’t get too hot in summer.

Hydrangeas and hostasDense plantings of hydrangeas, hostas and daylilies create a beautiful carpet of plants that fills the garden and leaves no roses anywhere.

perennial plantingsAnother view of the perennial plantings. This combination would work in any lightly shaded garden, as long as you can protect the daylilies and hostas from hungry deer.

double blood rootThis double-flowered version of the native bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, zones 3–8) is a shade-loving perennial that blooms in spring and dormant in summer. The regular shape has simpler flowers that fade quickly, but this shape with additional petals will stay in full bloom much longer. It will spread over rhizomes to form a nice clump when happy.

chrysanthemumAn amazing chrysanthemum – with a very unusual and different shape than these flowers!

Show style chrysanthemumA large show style chrysanthemum. Note the ring that holds the flower in place. These huge show chrysanthemums require careful pruning and support to produce the most dramatic blooms.

pink chrysanthemum showAnother chrysanthemum show is starting to open.

Mass planting of chrysanthemumsMass planting of dramatic chrysanthemums.

growing rare flowers

I have lighting in my basement where I grow rare flowers. I have many plants, including 10,000 high-altitude orchids, in genera such as Dracula and Odontoglossums.

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