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Today we’re in Mooreville, North Carolina, in Lydia Grupinski’s garden. Lydia shared some pictures of this beautiful room last week, and today we’re back to see more!

Lydia wired Tillandsia (air plants, tropical) and mosses to an old Edgeworthia shrub. What a great way to breathe new life into a dead plant!

Pinckneya bracteataPinckneya bracteata (zones 7–9) is a shrub native to the southeastern United States that is rarely found in gardens. It has showy pink bracts around the flowers and beautiful green foliage.

x Gordlinia grandiflora Sweet tea× Gordlinia grandiflora ‘Sweet Tea’ (Zones 6–9) is a rare hybrid between two unusual native trees – Franklinia and Gordonia – and is a fast growing shrub with beautiful, fragrant white flowers. Known for being a bit fussy, it prefers soil that doesn’t dry out but is also well-drained.

Rhododendron Jack MeltonRhododendron flammeum ‘Jack Melton’ (Zones 6–8) is a selection of one of the deciduous azaleas native to eastern North America with some pretty incredibly colored flowers. If you think growing native plants has to be boring, this is a shrub that will get you thinking!

japanese maple and pinePalmatum ‘Tama Hime’ (zones 5-9) and Pinus densiflora ‘Dragon Eye’ (zones 3-7)

Fig banana and peach treesSome of the fruits in the garden: figs, bananas and peaches

Rabbits in a gardenResident bunny Pete loves to eat azalea flowers.

pink chrysanthemumsSimple pink chrysanthemums (hardiness depending on the variety) with Acer palmatum ‘Tamukeyama’ (zones 5–9) and a pile of stones.

Colorful Solomon SealPolygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (colored Solomon’s seal, zones 3–8) and Carex ‘Everillo’ (zones 5–9)

Ornamental grass in front of purple flowersPennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ (zones 5–9) and Salvia ‘Amistad’ (zones 7–11)

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