The sprawling front garden begins on the edge of the driveway and continues across the front of the house right down to the edge of the fence near the stop sign. I have no idea how large this garden is, but it is rather large. It is one of my favorite gardens because it is in full sun, very fragrant and in easy view of the house. I’ve tried a lot of different plants in this area – some thrive and some do not. Roses seem to like it and do quite well, thus there are numerous roses in all colors and sizes. I like fragrant roses and tend to pick the old-fashion varieties, so spring really is the best time to see the roses. Other spring blooming favorites in this area include clematis, poppy, dames rocket, iris, peonies, valerian and columbine. I have a purple melic grass from Kew Gardens in this area that blooms (and multiplies) every spring. There is catchfly, catmint, love-in-a-mist, daylilies, Sweet William, allium ninebark, lilies and so many more plants. You almost have to walk through this garden on a daily basis to see everything.
Pink and white hyacinth.
Blue and pink hyacinth makes a really fragrant area.
These daffodils have apple scented blooms.
The end of the spring bulbs means the peonies are getting ready to bloom. I grew this peony from seed. The bright green plants in front of the peony are self-seeding love-in-a-mist.
I love this orange rose. It is a climber. A feeder for lacewings resides at the top of the post the rose is growing on. There are also three clay pots attached to the post to grow annual flowers such as the wave petunia in to add even more color.
Rosa ‘George Burns.’
Another volunteer rose. There is always room in my garden for more roses.
This red Oriental poppy grows underneath this pink rugosa rose. I planted the seeds in August 2005. The poppy comes back faithfully every year. I have found that August is the best time to plant Oriental poppy seeds.
A volunteer climbing rose.
Oso Easy Cherry Pie Landscape Rose in bloom.
Roses and daisies in bloom in the front garden.
Roses and geraniums.
Agastache – a rare vareity.
Alstomeria – hardy.
Witch hazel Arnold’s Promise
Aster Green Hulk
Witch hazel Autumn Embers
Birdhouse and bittersweet
Aster and chives
Salvia Coral Nymph
Rose Sweet Briar
Rose George Burns
Peony Green Lotus
Zinnia Green Envy
Gladiolus – hardy
Chinese fan palm
Bananas and gingers
Hydrangea Endless Summer
Red Hot Poker
Clematis and daylily
Hollyhock – black
Red Bee Balm, Pink Yarrow, Echinacea, Roses and Rudbeckia growing in the front garden.
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