Gail’s Backyard in North Carolina

At present we’re visiting Gail Bromer’s lovely backyard on the high of the continental divide within the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina:

For a lot of the 12 months foliage takes middle stage in my backyard. I like having a mixture of colours and textures to take pleasure in.

various colored foliage plants in small garden bed

The fog is rolling in from decrease on the mountain to satisfy this backyard. Whereas some of us will not be keen on creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zone 3 – 9), I just like the distinction it brings. Right here it’s seen with a dwarf Brandywine cut up leaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zone 5 – 9), Gaity euonymous (Euonymous fortunei ‘Gaity’, Zone 4 – 9), Cavatine pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’, Zone 5 – 8), Previous Gold juniper (Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Previous Gold’, Zone 4 – 9), a purple gazing ball and a metallic frog sculpture.

stone steps through a sloped garden bed

Hardscape additionally brings a beautiful component to the backyard. These stone steps went in a pair years in the past to interchange the wood ones. The steps needed to be positioned in a wider arc which gave us a possibility to create terracing alongside the facet and a beautiful planting space for a mixture of small shrubs and annuals. An azalea (Rhododendron hybrid) and different small shrubs have a spot together with a featured annual early within the season.

bronze foliage plant growing inside old tree stump

A bronze coleus (Coleus scutellarioides, Zone 10 – 11 or as annual) caught within the high of an previous tree stump offers a splash of shade alongside this woodland path.

a shrub with dark colored foliage in front of a shrub with bright yellow foliage

Fall is coming. The Bloodgood maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Zone 5 – 9) right here is seen with the yellow foliage of a bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora, Zone 4 – 8), and a big metallic heron sculpture.

close up of Bobo hydrangea in bloom

This pretty new Bobo hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’, Zone 3 – 8) remains to be lovely as fall begins.

dark foliage plant in the middle of other foliage plants

The lace cap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zone 5 – 9) within the middle is surrounded by Chamaecyparis ‘Classic Gold’ (Zone 5 – 8), and Golden Pacific juniper (Juniperus conferta, Zone 6 – 9).

close up of bright pink azalea bloom

I used to be lucky to be requested to rescue some specialty deciduous azaleas. They had been propagated lovingly by tissue tradition and moved to the mountains of North Carolina to attend for the time and place to be planted. Because it occurred not all of these crops discovered houses.

close up of pink azalea bloom

I used to be glad to convey some residence and shared many with space gardeners. Sadly a lot of the plant tags had fallen off.

close up of white azalea flowers with pink spots

I did get some blooms this 12 months, however haven’t but recognized them. I do know they’re from the balds of North Carolina or are from the Strickland and Sommerville collections.

large azalea in bloom

I’m so grateful that these crops had been shared with me. I’m like a child at Christmas eagerly ready to see every one bloom for the primary time . I don’t know what wonders await!


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