Garden Design

Vicki is sharing her garden with us today.

I have been gardening in this location in Illinois for 10 years. I have a variety of flowers, dragonwing begonias, bee balm, hostas, phlox, and balloon flowers. I have had trouble this year with deer eating hostas. I do all the planting, and my husband does the mowing.

shady seating area in the garden with container plantingsPots of dragonwing begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) provide a pop of color next to a spot to sit and enjoy the garden.

close up of garden shed with window boxes and many flowers planted in frontWindow boxes full of yellow petunias (Petunia hybrids, Zones 10–11 or as annuals) overflow with flowers, while bright bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9) blooms in the foreground.

shade garden bed with lots of hostasShady Hosta (Zones 3–9) border

container planting in a old watering canCreative containers and garden art liven up the space.

pink and yellow flowers in the gardenPink balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 3–8) and phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), with tall sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) behind

small table and chairs in the garden with vine growing aroundA perfect spot to sit and enjoy the garden, maybe with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning

various colorful garden art along a small fenceA variety of garden art brightens up a fence, and adding a mirror tricks the eye into making the space feel bigger.

mix of petunias in a containerA red chair echoes the color of the red petunias in this mixed container.

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