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.
Another 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!
Another look at the perennial garden. The peony bloomed late. The yellow rose on the white grid is David Austin’s ‘The Pilgrim’.
I 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.
It’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.)
More 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.
This 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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