June 25, 2021

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Gardening in the Snowbelt

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We’re seeing photos of Deb Fitzgerald’s garden today.

I live close to the buckle of the snowbelt in northeastern Ohio. I’m blessed with a woodland, a wetland, and a pollinator bed, plus sun for perennials, which adds a zone in spots close to the house.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSpring vetchling (Lathyrus vernus, Zones 5–9) is a beautiful little perennial sweet pea. Unlike the more familiar species of Lathyrus this isn’t a vine, but a little perennial for sun or shade with loads of sweet pink (or magneta in some forms) flowers in the spring.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA frond of Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides, Zones 3–8) uncoils to greet the spring.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPale blue grape hyacinths (Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’, Zones 4–8) and a yellow-foliaged spirea (Spirea japonica, Zones 4–8) complement each other perfectly.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMany spring bulbs will take an unexpected late snow without missing a beat, as they are native to areas with volatile spring weather.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis wide view of the garden includes beautiful trees and many flowers in soft shades of lavender, purple, and blue.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWe may think of conifers as just being green, but this Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis, Zones 4–7) has a moment with beautiful pink cones. These are the male cones, which produce the pollen to fertilize the female cones, which grow large and woody with seeds.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWhat a better way to show off this yellow bearded iris (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9) than with a backdrop of creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera, Zones 5–9)? The combination is pretty magical.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI love the rocks in this garden, which create a beautiful effect.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWow! A dianthus (Dianthus hybrid, Zones 3–8) with silver foliage and magenta flowers looks even more brilliant against the backdrop of a glowing orange heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 5–8).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA low wet area is planted with things that love that.

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.

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