Today we’re visiting Gail Bromer’s beautiful garden at the top of the continental divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina:
For much of the year foliage takes center stage in my garden. I love having a mix of colors and textures to enjoy.
The fog is rolling in from lower on the mountain to meet this garden. While some folks are not fond of creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zone 3 – 9), I like the contrast it brings. Here it’s seen with a dwarf Brandywine split leaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zone 5 – 9), Gaity euonymous (Euonymous fortunei ‘Gaity’, Zone 4 – 9), Cavatine pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’, Zone 5 – 8), Old Gold juniper (Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Old Gold’, Zone 4 – 9), a purple gazing ball and a metal frog sculpture.
Hardscape also brings a wonderful element to the garden. These stone steps went in a couple years ago to replace the wooden ones. The steps had to be placed in a wider arc which gave us an opportunity to create terracing along the side and a wonderful planting area for a combination of small shrubs and annuals. An azalea (Rhododendron hybrid) and other small shrubs have a place along with a featured annual early in the season.
A bronze coleus (Coleus scutellarioides, Zone 10 – 11 or as annual) stuck in the top of an old tree stump gives a splash of color along this woodland path.
Fall is coming. The Bloodgood maple (Acer palmatum‘Bloodgood’, Zone 5 – 9) here is seen with the yellow foliage of a bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora, Zone 4 – 8), and a large metal heron sculpture.
This fairly new Bobo hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’, Zone 3 – 8) is still beautiful as fall begins.
The lace cap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zone 5 – 9) in the
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Commemorating M. Gaillard de Marentonneau, a French patron of botany (Compositae). Blanket flower. A small genus of annuals and perennials, natives of America, with a long flowering period, useful for cut flowers. Somewhat untidy in habit, the long stalks fall about in wind and rain. Gaillardias need some twiggy stakes to help to keep the flowers clean and in full view.
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