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Rose’s New Jersey Garden – FineGardening


My name is Rose Flanagan and I have been based in Maplewood, New Jersey for 20 years. I am sharing photos of my front yard from June last year. It has a wide variety of settings. To the left of the entrance to the house is a long, sunny flowerbed and everywhere else a speckled, lighted garden. It took a long time to really understand the concept of planting the right plants in the right place, but I think I finally got there. Gardening is my passion. I have just renovated my garden and am creating a small zen garden together with a deer and rabbit resistant garden. Can’t wait to start digging.

My amazing human stopping blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, zones 5-9).

Close up of blue hydrangea flowersThe hydrangea’s stunning rich blue color is the result of growing in acidic soils.

purple sun hatA mixture of crocosmia (Crocosmia hybrid, zones 6–9) and coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, zones 3–9).

Crocosmia sun hat and bee balmThe crocosmias and coneflowers include a red bee balm (Monarda didyma, zones 4–9) and a silver-leaved rose bed (Lychnis coronaria, zones 4–8).

yellow grass with pink flowersHakone grass (Hakonechloa macra, zones 5–9), lamb ears (Stachys byzantina, zones 4–8), rose campion, hosta (zones 3–9) and oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, zones 5–9).

Shade garden full of perennialsThis is the edge of the sunny border that leads into the shaded area. A deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara, zones 6–8) mixes with stokesia (Stokesia laevis, zones 5–9) and pale lavender yarrow (Achillea millifolium, zones 4–8), which leads to the bed of shade-loving perennials.

Tibetan monk statue surrounded by hostasA statue of a Tibetan monk is in the hosta bed.

blue hostaA bright blue hosta sits next to an oak leaf hydrangea.

white clematisA close-up of some beautiful white clematis (Clematis Hybrid, Large Flowered Cluster, Zones 4–8).

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Robert Dunfee