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A Garden Evolves Year After Year


A Garden Evolves Year After Year

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Today we’re taking a return visit to Adeline Kong’s garden in British Columbia, Canada. We’ve visited her garden several times over the years, and it is such fun to see how it has changed and evolved over time!

Again, another year has gone by. I can’t believe growing season for 2019 is about to begin.

Since I last shared with you, the garden has progressed. Most of the perennials have filled in, and many are waiting to be divided and added to other parts of the garden and, of course, shared with friends and family. This means that I didn’t have to add in many filler annuals, which equals more time for other garden projects.

The garden is definitely expanding. I will be digging up more beds again to accommodate a veggie garden and perhaps a small rose patch. I can’t wait! It’s definitely getting to be a jungle out there!

The following photos are of 2018’s summer garden.

This year, masses of flowering perennials are taking over from the abundant annuals that have been a centerpiece of the garden in years past. Here bee balm (Mondarda didyma, Zones 4–10) and shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–8) dominate, filling the garden with blooms.

Awelcoming bench in the middle of a cloud of daisies.

This red chair echoes the colors of the bee balms.

Seating is an important aspect of a garden. You have to have someone sit and enjoy the beauty you’ve created.

Purple notes from a cloud of tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–10 or as annual) in front of a mass of zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual).

More tall verbena, mingling with dahlias.

Aquiet spot in the garden to sit and enjoy.

A view showing the long curve of the garden, with the same plants repeated throughout the planting. Using the same plants multiple times helps draw a garden together visually.

Bee balm and daisies glowing with the sun behind them.

What a wonderful garden! I can’t wait for Adeline to send us pictures of what it looks like this year!

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Today we’re taking a return visit to Adeline Kong’s garden in British Columbia, Canada. We’ve visited her garden several times over the years and it is such fun to see how it has changed and evolved over time!

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