Favorites from Anita’s Garden – FineGardening Leave a comment

We’re in Yorkville, Illinois, visiting with Anita Drendel again. We saw some photos of her garden in the GPOD recently, and she’s back to share more of her favorites from the past few years.

wide view of garden with lots of red foliage and flowersI’m seeing a red theme here—bright red Mandevilla (Zones 10–11 or as an annual) in a red pot in the foreground, echoed by red flowers and foliage from shrubs in the distance.

herbs and vegetables arranged into circle designWhat a great way to display a harvest of vegetables and herbs from the garden! They are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious and nutritious.

Here’s where some of those vegetables come from—a productive raised bed. This bed is full of cool-season vegetables like lettuce and cabbage, no doubt to be switched out for summer crops like tomatoes and peppers as the weather warms.

statue in middle of flower garden bedA statue helps to water the garden.

wide view of garden bed with lots of flowersRed native columbines (Aquilegia canadensis, Zones 3–8) look beautiful with a deep reddish-brown bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8).

garden bed with bright pink and purple flowersThis weigela (Weigela florida, Zones 5–9), in peak spring bloom, is paired with the tall spires of lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–7).

red bird in the middle of a shrub starting to grow new leavesHow’s this for a beautiful garden visitor? A scarlet tanager rests in an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) in May, just as the hydrangea is starting to leaf out.

various foliage plants in a shade gardenSpring in the shade garden

close up of purple clematisDeep purple blooms from Clematis ‘The President’ (Zones 4–8) at the top, and another double-flowered clematis variety at the bottom


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