Cherry’s Summer That Was – FineGardening Leave a comment

Cherry Ong is taking us on a look back at her garden over the past summer.

I bet you’re all enjoying autumn but somehow miss summer. I miss this summer and look back with much fondness and happy memories of the garden. Here are photos of a favorite corner this year.

The addition of a DIY greenhouse last year (October 2022) resulted in this graveled corner, where I was picturing the outdoor chairs and table could be moved. My family couldn’t imagine how that would look, but the corner has been tweaked further (to include another table and more plants—what else?) this year. I embraced all kinds of color this summer, including red, and this spot transformed into a happy corner that the hummingbirds visit multiple times each day. The corner also has a sweet view of the garden. Even my dog sat and enjoyed this area when he was out in the garden.

I wish you all a wonderful autumn!

small DIY greenhouse filled and surrounded by container plantingsCherry’s new small greenhouse is perfect for overwintering precious plants.

small gravel seating area surrounded by container plantingsThe new sitting area features a fantastic-looking container in the center.

close up of container planted with colorful foliage and flowersThe container’s colorful foliage from a wide range of plants, including many succulents, forms the foundation, while the bright flowers of fuchsias (Fuchsia hybrids, hardiness varies by cultivar) provide even more color as well as nectar for visiting hummingbirds.

close up of dark red AeoniumAeonium ‘Zwartkop’ (Zones 9–11) is a stunning succulent, with its little rosettes of dark leaves growing on tall stems.

close up of various plants in containersA variety of container-grown plants put on a show in front of the greenhouse.

close up of bright red and yellow Abutilon megapotamicum flowersAbutilon megapotamicum (Zones 8–10) has yellow flower petals emerging from a bright red calyx.

backyard garfden with flowering tresCherry fills every corner of the rest of her garden with beautiful plants.

French bulldog sitting in the gardenBroccoli, Cherry’s dog, enjoys the new sitting area.

How did your garden do this summer? We’d love to see it, so send us some photos!


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