Garden Design

Memories of a Northern Summer Garden

Today we are visiting Mary Spaulding’s garden.

I submitted photos of my emerging spring gardens in May 2020 (click here). I’d like to share some photos of our July-August Zone 3 gardens. Even though it was a very dry year, my husband’s diligent watering paid off.

Hosta cultivars next to some maple treesOn the west side of the house, hosta cultivars are shaded under a large old Amur maple (Acer ginnala, Zones 3–8). I would love to grow Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9), but our winters are too severe. A mass planting of Stachys macrantha (Zones 3–8) is on the left side.

Hostas ‘Gold Standard’ and ‘Solar Flare’‘Gold Standard’ and ‘Solar Flare’ hostas (both Zones 3–8)

Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’ (Zones 3–9) has simple pink flowers produced in great abundance.

Calamagrostis and Clematis collectionThis longer view of the garden shows Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ (Zones 3–11) and Clematis on a trellis.

Feverfew, white Phlox and Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’.Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, Zones 3–9), white phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 3–9), and Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’.

Hemerocalis ‘Lazy Summer Days’Hemerocallis ‘Lazy Summer Days’ (Zones 3–10)

Astilbe with Hosta "Solar Flare", and asiatic lily ‘Tyrol’ Astilbe (Zones 3–8) with Hosta ‘Solar Flare’, and Asiatic lily ‘Tyrol’ (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 3–9)

Clematis ‘Piilu’ aka ‘Little Duckling'Clematis ‘Piilu’ aka ‘Little Duckling’ (Zones 3–8)

Stachys officinalis ‘Humelo’Stachys officinalis ‘Humelo’ (Zones 3–8)

Clematis ‘The President’Clematis ‘The President’ (Zones 3–8)

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