Flower Gardens – 1st Place

Garden description: In my early years as a gardener I relied heavily on annuals, but as I became more experienced I began to appreciate the variety of forms and textures many perennials provide. My gardening style is greatly influenced by the English Cottage gardens of Vita Sackville-West and Penelope Hobhouse, although I have a tendency to plant for a slightly “wilder” effect. Every spring I envision a new theme – whether it’s a color theme, or perhaps trying new grasses – but I immediately deviate from the plan as soon as I step into a garden center and see all the exciting plants that are available!

Who are the gardeners? I am the sole gardener in the household!

Why do you garden? I garden because I love being surrounded by flowers, but also because of the wildlife it attracts to my garden. The exercise is an added bonus.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? During the period of isolation last year due to COVID, gardening provided a routine that helped to distract from the anxiety caused by the daily headlines. I also had much more time available for gardening, and helped to introduce my niece to the joys of gardening.

What do you have in your garden? Ferns, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Muhly grass, Stipa grass, lilies, daylilies, sunflowers, Ragged Robin, Hosta (many varieties), 4 cultivars of Clematis, roses, hardy hibiscus, Japanese blood grass, verbena, gladiolus, iris, peonies, Baptisia, phlox, Physostegia, salvia, lobelia, coleus, vinca, begonias, fuschia, senecio, crocosmia, astilbe, shasta daisy, canna, calla lilies, black-seeded lily, Ligularia, Filipendula, various succulents, etc.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Been battling Spotted Lantern Fly – Neem Oil.




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