Gail’s Favorite’s From Last Year

We visited Gail’s beautiful North Carolina garden yesterday, and today we’re back to see some of her favorite pictures from the past year:

I live at 3300 feet in the middle of an oak forest. There is only one flat area on our property, an arc 50’ long with a maximum depth of 25’. Everywhere else is steeply sloped and I’m doing my best to fill it all.

I’m so happy I planted this Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ (Zone 3 – 7). The new foliage and those pink baby pine cones are fabulous.

close up of small purple flowers in the garden

I like to add art to my garden. This art pole is pretty set against chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zone 4 – 8) and common fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus, Zone 2 – 7)

bright pink flowers growing behind a bright green hosta

Dianthus (Zone 4 – 8) peaking behind a dwarf Hosta (Zone 3 – 9) is a wonderful combination of textures and colors.

close up of aphrodite allspice in bloom

Aphrodite allspice (Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’, Zone 5 – 9) is a great small tree. I know I should be favoring natives, but I love these flowers.

close up of double blooming orange quince

For a touch of color unlike anything else in my garden, there’s double blooming orange quince (Chaenomeles speciosa, Zone 4 – 8).

close up of plant with small light pink flowers

Pretty as a picture… Tiarella ‘Pink Symphony’ (Zone 4 – 9) is a great addition to my woodland garden.

close up of bright orange flowers under an evergreen plant

Wallflower (Cheiranthus allionii, Zone 3 – 8) tucked in under an evergreen is a welcome surprise.

close up of geranium with bright purple flowers

Geranium sanguineum (Zone 3 – 9) is fairly common, but the punch of color it adds is remarkable.

sloped garden with lots of white, pink, and purple flowers

Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zone 3 – 8), lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zone 3 – 7), foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Zone 4 – 9) and sweet William (Dianthus barbatus, Zone 3 – 9) enjoy the sunshine of this early summer southeast facing slope.

close up of bright purple and orange flowers

By far my favorite picture from last summer, a butterfly enjoys the liatris (Liatris spicata, Zone 3 – 8) with some daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zone 3 – 9) in the foreground.


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