July 25, 2021

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Sally’s Garden in Vermont

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Sally Matless is sharing some scenes throughout the year of her garden in Norwich, Vermont.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA satiny purple tulip glistens with water droplets. How long do we have to wait until these start flowering again? I’m already over winter!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn this wonderful mixture of different foliage plants, the dark purple leaves of Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) and Oxalis triagularis (Zones 7–11 or as annual) contrast beautifully with the silver-patterned foliage of Begonia ‘Gyphon’ (Zones 8–10 or as annual) and silver lace fern (Pteris ensiformis, annual or houseplant).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis glowing hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 3–9) looks like the cultivar ‘Gold Nugget’, which moves through various shades of yellow and green touched with orange through the seasons, with the brightest colors in the cooler months of the year.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWhen a yellow-green coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, annual, perhaps the variety ‘Electric Lime’) combines with the electric purple foliage of Strobilanthes dyeriana (annual), who needs flowers? Both of these are usually grown as annuals, but cuttings will root easily in a glass of water to be overwintered on a sunny windowsill.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTender succulents such as this beautiful Echeveria (perhaps the variety ‘Ruffles’) can’t take frost, but they are easily overwintered indoors in cold climates and have leaves as beautiful as any flower.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTuberous begonias (Begonia hybrid) have flowers that look like roses. They perform best in climates with cool summers, and as the name suggests, form tubers underground that can be overwintered to grow again next year.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsRich purple bearded iris (Iris germanica hybrid, Zones 3–8)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA hardy waterlily (Nymphaea, Zones 5–9) blooms in a water feature. You don’t have to have a pond to enjoy water lilies; many of the smaller hybrids will grow and bloom just fine in a water-filled container as long as they have plenty of sun.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt is easy to see how ‘Waterlily’ colchicum (Colchicum autumnale ‘Waterlily’, Zones 4–10) gets its name. The big, petal-filled flowers bloom in the fall, innocent of any foliage. The leaves will come up in the spring before dying back in the summer. All summer there is nothing visible above ground until these huge flowers pop up at the end of the growing season.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsEuphorbia × martinii ‘Ascott Rainbow’ (Zone 5–9) has incredible variegated foliage from spring through fall. Even better, it is highly resistant to deer and rabbits.

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