Our latest garden project was to construct a cedar picket fence around a garden we completed in 2006. The gate above is now in place to keep the varmints from digging up our bulbs. You can find out more about the garden here.

Below are a few links to some of the flowers that bloom in my garden, we hope you find something that you like as you walk through my garden.

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June 21, 2005 (Lori's Garden)

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I have always enjoyed flowers but have never had a place where I could let my imagination run wild. When I began this project the site was a mess of mowed off weeds and was filled with gravel and trash from previous owners. Dan helped me build small retaining walls to take advantage of the naturally elevated area.

Following that came the removal of weeds, trash and back filling with a load of black dirt. What you see here is the result of many hours of back breaking labor, but the end result is worth every ache and pain. You can see some images of the start of this garden here.

The picture below is a small sample of the many types of perennial's that find their home in my garden.

One of my favorite fall perennials is the Autumn Joy Sedum, which is an upright plant and is very hardy. You can see another picture of this plant by clicking on the picture below. You will need to press your Browsers Back button to return to the page.

An interesting plant is the Platycodon or Balloon Flower that is a member of the bellflower family. This is one of my favorites, click the flower to see a bigger picture. You will need to push your browser's back button to return to this page.

Also in the bellflower family, is a showy plant called the Campanula Carpatica. I have the upright variety that has bell shaped flowers. (Picture below)

Most of the ground covers are Sedum's which are:

Other ground covers include:

Creeping Phlox, an old time favorite, is a wonderful spring bloomer and an excellent border plant. (Picture below)

And I still enjoy the old fashion "Moss Roses" which add a lot of color. The one problem I have with this variety is that I must be very diligent about controlling them. Left unchecked they will take over the bed.

My gardens also includes these varieties:

  • Asters
  • Roses
  • Coral Bells
  • Purple Palace
  • Heu Chesa
  • Potentillas
  • Sweet Williams
  • Achillea
  • Silver Mound
  • Baby's Breath
  • Common Thrift (Armeria)
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Statice
  • Yellow Archangel

I have not had good luck with Mums and Carnations during our very cold Iowa winters. But every now and again I am drawn to them and will post a picture when I one that survives, we especially like their late fall show of color. A new upright growing perennial which did well and was a 1996 plant of the year is Husker Red Broadstongue.

All my perennials are for sunny gardens. I also enjoy many varieties of annuals in pots for shady areas. Their bright colors help decorate the outdoor spaces around our home.

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