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Flower Gardening Ideas: 3 Sisters in 3 Gardening Zones

I’m so excited to share this post – Flower Gardening Ideas: 3 Sisters in 3 Gardening Zones. I have two sisters – one lives in Colorado (zone 5), one lives in South Carolina (zone 8) and I live in Minnesota (zone 4), and the coolest thing is we all garden. We each have our own style, but all of our gardens are gorgeous and I want to share them with you today.

Before we get started, I have to tell you this funny little story. I like to go to local gardener’s plant sales, so I always keep a look out for them in the spring.  A few years ago, I saw a sign that was advertising “3 Sisters Plant Sale”, so I got all nostalgic thinking about my sisters and how if we lived closer to each other we could have our own 3 Sisters Plant Sale. Impulsively, I followed the signs and they took me to the closest convent. Thus, the 3 Sisters Plant Sale was not at all what I was thinking.

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the virtual tour full of colorful eye candy – Flower Gardening Ideas: 3 Sisters in 3 Gardening Zones.

Flower Gardening Ideas | 3 Different Gardening Zones

Susan’s Colorado Flower Gardens

I don’t even know how to describe Susan’s gardening style – her gardens are chock-full of color and she probably grows close to a hundred different varieties of flowers. Between the three of us, she has the most spring bulbs. I’m in a race to beat her, until I actually have to plant those bulbs in the fall and then I don’t even care if she has more than me.

I’m starting with this picture first, showing the compost and raised beds in the background. Yep, she’s a real gardener and the rest of the pictures are sheer perfection.

Colorado Flower Gardens | Perennials | Loads of Flower Gardening Ideas

Look at all the color and texture.

Colorado Flower Gardens | Perennials | Loads of Flower Gardening Ideas

Loads and loads of color.

Colorado Flower Gardens | Perennials | Loads of Flower Gardening Ideas

I think this one is my favorite, because I go ga-ga over daylilies and lilies.

Colorado Flower Gardens | Perennials | Loads of Flower Gardening Ideas

The subtle tiers are amazing.

Colorado Flower Gardens | Perennials | Loads of Flower Gardening Ideas

Becky’s South Carolina Gardens

Becky’s gardens are a little more structured than mine and Susan’s, and she uses more flowering shrubs in her landscape than perennials.

This girl can grow azaleas and I’m so jealous. It was one of our momma’s favorite flowers.

South Carolina Gardens | Azaleas | Flower Gardening Ideas | Landscaping Ideas

And roses, both of my sisters can grow roses. I can grow anything, except roses. Just don’t ask.

South Carolina Gardens | Azaleas | Flower Gardening Ideas | Landscaping Ideas

Becky does amazing seasonal arrangements and vignettes. Check these out.

South Carolina Gardens | Azaleas | Flower Gardening Ideas | Landscaping Ideas

This one was put together with stuff she found in the woods.

South Carolina Gardens | Azaleas | Flower Gardening Ideas | Landscaping Ideas

I love this sweet angel vignette.

South Carolina Gardens | Azaleas | Flower Gardening Ideas | Landscaping Ideas

Joanna’s Minnesota Gardens

I’m actually the middle sister, but I’ll go last today. Since most of the pictures on my blog posts have been from my current home, today I’m sharing pictures from my Minnesota gardens at my former home. My style is very similar to Susan’s, but I like to incorporate more junk and flea market finds.

I loved this little pond, but it was so much work that we filled it in a few years before we decided to sell our home.

Minnesota Flower Gardens | Water Feature | Flower Gardening Ideas

My miniature hosta garden. These littles had to stay behind, but I did start a miniature gnome garden at our new home.

Minnesota Shade Garden | Miniature Hosta | Perennial Flower Garden Ideas

I rearrange plants like a decorator rearranges furniture, so much so that this border never looked the same from one year to the next.

Minnesota Flower Gardens | Perennial Gardening | Flower Gardening Ideas

The color combination of the Purple Rooster Monarda and the Something Beautiful Daylily is spectacular.

Minnesota Flower Gardens | Perennial Gardening | Flower Gardening Ideas

And some more spectacular pops of color.

Minnesota Flower Gardens | Perennial Gardening | Flower Gardening Ideas

One last view of the pond. I haven’t quite decided if we will add a water feature like a pond or stream at our new home.

Minnesota Flower Gardens | Water Feature | Flower Gardening Ideas

One final picture that I can’t resist sharing, even though its not the most flattering and we’ve all lost weight since this picture was taken, still it’s us, doing what we do – 3 sisters talking gardening.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour full of flower eye candy today and are taking away some flower gardening ideas from 3 sisters in 3 gardening zones. I miss my crazy garden girls, but when we are able to get together, we do make the most of our time.

If this is your first visit to Gingham Gardens, please feel free to make yourself at home and have a look around. Stop back soon!

Happy gardening,
Joanna

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22 Comments

  1. Love your sister gardens. I think it’s wonderful that you all share that same passion. My family is full of gardeners as well. May I ask you what that yellow flower is in the picture with the ladder in your garden? The ones with multiple blooms on the stalk a bit like a delphinium but yellow. They are really pretty. Pretty sure I need those!

    1. Hi Kyra, thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. The plant you are referring to is a non-invasive variety of loosestrife called lysimachia alexander. Yes, I think you need some. It has a lovely variegated foliage that looks good even after the plant has finished blooming. Happy gardening!

  2. So much beautiful color in all your gardens! I love how you each have a slightly different style and a variety of plants in your garden. I’m still trying to figure out how to arrange all my container plants without my balcony looking cluttered. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by. Try adding some height to some of your containers, by using an upturned container, a bench or some bricks or pavers.

  3. My mom always had the most beautiful gardens although it’s become too much for her to handle these days. We always take stroll around the flower beds when I visit; we did the same with my grandmother’s gardens, my sister’s, and now mine as well. The picture with your sisters reminds me of those good times. I come from a family of gardeners, and I love to garden, but some how I wound up with friends and kids who don’t! I’m working on the grandkids though.

    1. I love your story, Gayle. My kids have not shown any interest in gardening, but I’m holding out hope that they will. Happy gardening and thanks for stopping by.

  4. These gardens are fabulous, and I would be happy having the look of either garden in my flower bed. My problem is, I don’t know how to arrange my flowers nor tge types to buy at this point to get that look. Please advise.

    1. Ivory, I’m so happy you stopped by and took the time to comment. I will be covering that in an upcoming post in the next few weeks. So stay tuned.

  5. Your gardens are all so pretty! I would love gardening if it wasn’t so difficult here in the AZ desert Zone 9. We do have some raised beds that we’ve cultivated with practically all new soil (most of the existing soil is mostly clay) where we do grow some tomatoes and some very hardy flowers. Every bed and pot is hooked in to a timed watering system….that’s an absolute must in this climate! I do truly appreciate the beauty of flowers and vegetables growing out of the earth, and I will continue to work on my gardening skills. I loved seeing all of your gardens and the lovely vignettes you’ve all created.

    1. Carol, thanks a bunch for stopping by. Wow, and I thought gardening was difficult in Minnesota. I will think of you when I start to complain about our long winters. I love gardening, so I think the rewards outweigh the struggles. Good luck and enjoy!

    1. Hi Liz, I’m so over winter, but we have another snow storm coming in today. Ugh, it just seems like it’s been exceptionally cold and long this year. Dear Spring – us Northern girls longingly await your arrival.
      Joanna

  6. Lovely post Joanna, it’s fun to see your sisters’ gardens and how they differ from yours! My younger sister amazes me with her gardens also. I’m the middle sister, too!

  7. I love that all 3 of you garden. It makes me want to be a sister! Such beauty from 3 different parts of the world. I love it. I cannot wait for the snow to melt so I can get back out in mine.

    1. Hi Christine – I didn’t mention in my post, but we were born and raised in Indiana, so I guess that makes us Hoosier sisters. I’m ready to get outside too. I’m way over winter. Happy gardening, or thinking about it until we can.

  8. So fun seeing you connecting with your sisters who also love colorful gardens. Being in zone 4, you are more challenged, but you successfully figured it out.

    Michelle
    (middle of 3 sisters)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. It’s definitely fun having a common love for gardening. We got the gardening genes from our dad.

  9. You might have success with the Northern Lights series azaleas. I believe they were tested/grown in MN.
    Nice post, 3 nice gardens!

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