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Ray and Mary Ann’s Massachusetts Garden


Welcome to Ray and Mary Ann Fontaine’s Garden in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

We have been gardening for 43 years. We have hostas for our shady areas, grasses, astilbe, lots of shrubs, hydrangeas and conifers. Begonias are our favorite yearbooks for color because they are hardy and last until frost.

We have many birds in spring occupying this aviary. We also have four other bird feeders around the property and three hummingbird bird feeders.

Alaska nasturtiumsWe plant Alaskan nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska’, annually) in a container on the deck each year. In the center are white scaevola (Scaevola aemula, annual) that we grow from seeds.

HostasHostas are planted along the rock wall around our pond. Red ‘Dragon Wing’ begonias (Begonia ‘Dragon Wing’, annual) grow in whiskey casks in the middle of the pond garden.

flower gardenWhen we bought our house, this big rock was in our front yard so we made a flower garden around it. We use a lot of small conifers and perennials. Rudbeckia and asters give color in the fall, and our favorite begonias in white and pink give us summer color.

shadow-loving yearbooksThis side door is never used, so we planted our shade-loving annuals in pots and decorated the stairs for summer colors.

Pots with yearbooksAnnual pots fill the deck with petunias (Petunia × hybrida), calibrachao (Calibraochoa hybrids), red and fragrant geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids), and herbs.

Rhododendrons and AzaleasRhododendrons and azaleas (rhododendron species and hybrids, zones 5–9) fill the courtyard with color in spring.

garden pondWe created this pond 15 years ago. It’s in a shady area, so on hot summer days we relax and enjoy the sounds of water flowing over the falls. The pond area is planted with hostas, grasses and shade-loving perennials.

Summer gardenThis is our garden in the side courtyard, planted with rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum, zones 3–9), butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii, zones 5–9), Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa, zones 5–8), hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, zones 6–9) and grasses.

Vegetable gardenA hop vine (Humulus lupulus, zones 4–9) grows on the wooden arch, surrounded by perennials, annuals and conifers. Inside the picket fence is a 50 × 50 vegetable garden where we grow many different heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, cukes and herbs.

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