October 16, 2021

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Late Summer in Kevin’s Garden

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My name is Kevin Kelly, and I garden in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b). My property is on 1/3 acre in a suburban neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 years. My garden is my place to relax and connect with nature. I have learned the importance of layering, texture, and repetition to create what I think is a pleasing design. Here are some photos of the garden as we are about to enter into autumn. The garden fared well over the summer, as we had abundant rainfall. Enjoy the images.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHere is an image of the front garden. This is on the north side of the house and gets the most sun. The grass serves mostly as a path. I have planted out most of the strip between the sidewalk and the curb.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHydrangea paniculata White Diamonds® (Zones 3–9) looking awesome into September. The blooms were white in early July.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCombination of ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum, annual), mangave (Agave hybrid, Zones 8–10), and cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica, Zones 5–9)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI planted this combination of Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ (Zones 3–9), Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’ (Zones 5–10), and Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ (Zones 3–9) along the sidewalk to be enjoyed by those passing by.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Zones 9–10 or as an annual) glowing in the setting sun

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI think this image of Eutrochium purpureum ‘Little Red’ (Zones 4–9) and Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ (Zones 4–7) shows the importance of layering as part of a design.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHylotelephium ‘Purple Emperor’ (Zones 3–9) and Melampodium divaricatum (Zones 2–11)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsNasella tenuissima (Zones 6–10), Gaillardia (annual or short-lived perennial), Lemon Coral® sedum (Sedum mexicanum ‘Lemon Coral’, Zones 7–11 or as an annual), and New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–11 or as an annual)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis was a full-shade garden until three years ago when I took down two Callery pears (Pyrus calleryana, Zones 5–9) due to their invasive nature. I have been reworking this area into a pollinator garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSolidago and dinosaur kale (Brassica oleracea, annual) create a captivating combination of texture and color contrast.

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