Garden Design

Teresa’s Garden in the Mountains

My name is Teresa Cody. I live in the mountains of North Carolina. When I first started gardening I didn’t know a perennial from an annual. I just knew I loved flowers and wanted to learn all I could. My garden is where I can escape for 15 minutes or six hours. It’s my happy place.

colorful garden with mountain view behindTeresa clearly knows an annual from a perennial now. This garden is just packed to the brim with flowers. And the amazing mountain views aren’t hurting either!

pink dahlias at sunsetThese dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as tender bulbs) have been grown to perfection and carefully staked to allow the tall, heavy flowers to show off.

garden in fall with mums and pumpkinA brick retaining wall is a perfect spot to display fall pumpkins and mums, under a big paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8), which has beautiful bark all year and will turn spectacular colors come fall.

three bumblebees on a red and yellow dahliaThree bumblebees are pollinating this dahlia bloom! Dahlias can be great pollinator plants, especially the simple flower forms like these that produce more pollen than the fully double ones.

blue flowers surrounded by yellow foliageBlue hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) look all the bluer for a backdrop of yellow creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9).

single red flower in front of fernsA single Oriental poppy (Papaver orientalis, Zones 5–9) grows out of a carpet of creeping Jenny.

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