I’m always excited when Elle Ronis sends in photos of her beautiful garden in Stamford, Connecticut. If you’ve missed previous posts, you can see some here: Flowers Big and Small and Shrubs for High-Impact, Low-Work Gardening.
A Japanese wood poppy (Glaucidiumpamatum, Zones 5–7). This graceful perennial for shade blooms with these large, lavender-blue flowers in the spring, and it keeps its attractive foliage the rest of the summer. Easy to grow anywhere, it doesn’t get too hot during the summer.
Dense plantings of hydrangeas, hostas, and daylilies make a beautiful carpet of plants that fills the garden and leaves nowhere for roses to grow.
Another view of the perennial plantings. This combination would work in any lightly shaded garden, as long as you could protect the daylilies and hostas from hungry deer.
This double-flowered version of the native bloodroot (Sanguinariacanadensis, Zones 3–8) is a shade-loving perennial that blooms in the spring and then goes dormant in the summer. The regular form has simpler flowers that quickly fade, but this form with extra petals stays in bloom much longer. It will spread via rhizomes to make a nice clump when happy.
An amazing chrysanthemum—with a very unusual and different form to these flowers!
A large show-style chrysanthemum. Notice the ring holding the blossom. These huge show chrysanthemums require careful pruning and support to produce maximally dramatic flowers.
Another show chrysanthemum beginning to open.
Mass planting of dramatic chrysanthemums.
I have a lighting setup in my basement where I grow rare flowers. I have many plants, including 10,000 high-elevation orchids as well, in genera such as Dracula and Odontoglossums.
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