Garden Design

Hello, I am Barb Mrgich, a Master Gardener from Adams County, Pennsylvania, in USDA Hardiness Zone 6B. I love to garden, and I love to take pictures, so today I am sending some of my best shots.

Dark hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum, Zone 4 – 9), gold sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zone 5 – 8), lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina, Zone 4 – 9) A study in texture and color—nearly all from foliage. Dark hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 4–9) with bold leaves in the front contrast with the gold sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zones 5–8) behind it, while lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–9) bring big, silver leaves behind that, surrounding a beautiful blue container.

Cloris, the Greek goddess of the flowersCloris, the Greek goddess of the flowers, watches over my pollinator garden.

Bumblebee on Mexican sunflowerBumblebee on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual)

monarch butterflies visiting the Mexican sunflowerTwo monarch butterflies visit the Mexican sunflower blooms. I have often seen a butterfly fly upside down. In fact, I have several different pictures showing it. I have always thought it is some kind of a mating ritual but have never read anything to substantiate my thought.

red salviaA female ruby-throated hummingbird absolutely loves the red salvia (Salvia splendens, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).

Brazilian verbena, penstemon, perennial sunflowers, Shasta daisies and milkweedBrazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–11 or as an annual) and penstemon (Penstemon digitalis, Zones 3–8) tower over soon-to-be-blooming perennial sunflowers (Helianthus species), Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9), and milkweed (Asclepias species).

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