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Summer in Lil’s Garden – FineGardening


Today we visit Lil Holloway in Bedford, Massachusetts, and look back on warmer and more flowery times in the garden.

When I look out the window at this time of year, it’s pretty bleak. Then I pull up my photos and remember how beautiful the gardens were in spring and summer. I often wonder if they’ll be so beautiful next season. I am never disappointed, although each season brings its own surprises. A snapshot in time is what you see. Every season I learn something new that will make me a better gardener, and every season I am amazed at the beauty that surrounds us.

This is a view of my half-year garden that includes catnip (Nepeta × faassenii, zones 3-8), Siberian iris (Iris siberica hybrids, zones 3-8), and Japanese iris (Iris ensata, zones 4-9). many daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, zones 3–9) and Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, zones 4–9), coneflower (Echinacea species and hybrids, zones 3–8) and a honeysuckle (Lonicera sp. ). This garden is lined with rose bushes. The large pink rose on the right is one of three ‘Clair Matin’, a French rose. They are very disease resistant and have been in.

perennial gardenAnother look at the perennial garden. Every year is a surprise, and every year I tell myself that there will be no new plantings. Not once have I been able to keep this promise for myself!

pink flowersAnother look at the perennial garden. The peony bloomed late. The yellow rose on the white grid is David Austin’s ‘The Pilgrim’.

perennial garden bedI call this part of the garden “The Patch”. It’s the place I move plants to when they have survived their stay in the large perennial garden. It contains a lot of irises, sun hat, roses and a beautiful clematis that was a gift. The clematis, a double light purple, unfortunately did not bloom when it climbed the tree in this photo.

Asiatic liliesIt’s so hard to choose which pictures to share, but I didn’t want to forget about my Asiatic lilies. The voles reached them a few years ago, so I’m missing a lot, but they’re still beautiful. (Learn how to get rid of voles in your yard.)

Asiatic liliesMore Asiatic Lilies. In the background you can see a perennial geranium that has been there for years. My husband built this brick walkway for me and he sure cut down on weeding.

double clematisThis double clematis was a gift from a breeder and I don’t know what it is. I put them on a trellis next to the tree in The Patch. I wasn’t expecting much from her. Stupid of me – she is beautiful!

Tomorrow we will return to Lil’s garden to admire her beautiful collection of roses.

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