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Garden Tour – Growth, Change and Everblooming Design

I am often asked how I keep my gardens blooming from spring through fall. And the answer is, I do a lot of fun research. I read magazine articles, watch garden shows, study flower catalogues and visit nurseries often to see what’s in bloom. With the addition of Pinterest and Instagram, garden inspiration is at my fingertips.

When I first designed the front garden, I searched for plants that were deer resistant and attracted both butterflies and hummingbirds. It was also important that flowers had long bloom times or could achieve a second bloom. Additionally, I sought low maintenance plants that provided color and texture to the beds.

It is a long and ever-changing process because some plants do well, some don’t, some take over, some disappear and part of the fun of gardening is learning what works and watching it evolve over time.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy this week’s garden tour. Now let’s get started…

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Front Garden

Notice how much this bed is filling in. While the red Tulips are still blooming, the petals are starting to fall. Even as every petal drops, tulips are still gorgeous and fun to watch.
I love my front border from this perspective. The Forget-Me-Nots are still growing and blooming like crazy. They billow over the edges of the rock border. The Salvia and Dianthus that I just planted are acclimating well. The Sedum that I just divided and transplanted have also taken well and are growing nicely.
This is the last tulip to bloom in the garden. I love the rough edges of the petals as well as the color combination with Mystosis (Forget-Me-Nots).
This is the first of the Alliums that will bloom. I have a few varieties of Alliums that I planted en mass. This variety is called ‘Globemaster’. These bulbs are from the onion family, are planted in fall, and are deer-resistant plants. When planted en mass, Alliums make quite a statement in the garden. From my perspective, these are a must have flower in the spring garden.
Close-up of Allium ‘Globemaster’ at the start of it’s bloom. These flower heads are HUGE when in full bloom.
Close-up of Salvia and Forget-Me-Nots
Close-up of Bachelor’s Button, Creeping Phlox and Forget-Me-Nots

Woodland Garden

The woodland garden is located on the side of my house. I rarely work in this garden and just kind of let it go. I probably shouldn’t let it go as often as I do because it gets a bit weedy, but it’s the last garden I typically work in. When adding this garden, it was planted with the notion that I wanted to do less work in it. Therefore, I leave it alone through much of the season.

It is a full shade garden and houses my Ferns, Bleeding Hearts, Rhododendrum, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Maple Tree that I grew from a sapling, Hostas, Geraniums, Lily-of-the-Valley, Astilbes, Hakonechloa (ornamental grass), and Solomon’s Seal.

The woodland garden on the side of the house. The Bleeding Hearts are in full bloom. I planted a few Ferns here about ten years ago and just let them takeover.
When I had my garden design business, one of my clients gave me a bunch of these beautiful ferns that were taking over her front bed. I took them with the intention of letting them do the same in this side garden so they would conceal an air handler and help choke out weeds.
Ferns and Bleeding Hearts in the woodland garden.
Close-Up of Dicentra, aka Bleeding Hearts.

Backyard Gardens

I did not do too much in the backyard beds aside from mulching and laying pea gravel in the vegetable garden. In the last week, there has been some growth with some fresh blooms. Most of these gardens are flowering deciduous shrubs and perennials. The gardens fill in so much during the growing season. It is really fun to watch them grow and bloom.

I spread some pea gravel on the pathway between the quads in the vegetable bed. There is still some weeding to do, but the Lettuce, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Strawberry patch are filling in nicely.
Butter Lettuce and Brussel Sprouts. The fresh pea gravel neatens up the area and slows down weed growth.
The gardens look so much better after mulching. I am very thankful we hired a landscaper to spread the mulch back here.
Close-up of the Climbing Hydrangea on the shed. Truth be told, I should not have planted this here. It’s too big a plant for this spot and I have to cut it back every year. Since climbing hydrangeas vine and attach to things with suckers, the branches grow under the window, under the roof and all around the shed. Although I knew the area was not large enough for this plant, I put it here because I had no other other spot for it and really wanted to grow one.
I have a few white Azaleas that just started blooming around the lower deck.
This Magnolia tree is still blooming pretty well.
Here are my Plume Poppies. This started as one plant that was given to me by my friend Caroline at www.extravagentgardens.com. She said to give it alot of room because it will take over. She was right. I needed them to fill in an area around our septic bed while adding height and interest. The plumes will grow and bloom later in the summer. These get big and spread out alot!

Thank you so much for joining me on another garden tour. In case you missed few tours or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here Week 1 and Week 2. I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s blooming this week and look forward to sharing next week’s tour with you!

I would love to hear what you think! Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here. Be sure to find me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you for following along and sharing with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo

 

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2 Comments

  1. Stacy,. I think your idea of giving people weekly updates of your garden is very successful. You mentioned the succulent in the front garden but even blowing up the photo I can’t see what it is?

    1. Hey Taffy! Thank you! I mentioned the Sedum that I divided and transplanted to the front border (from a prior blog post). There are several that are tucked in and look like small green mounds…as it grows it will change to chartreuse and stand out a little more in the photos within a few weeks.

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