I am very excited to share my first Home Garden Tour of 2019. Gardening has it’s challenges, but this spring has been a doozy – cold, crazy weather. So, pretty much everything is behind. As long as the flowers show up, it’s all good though, right! Take a little break and grab your favorite beverage and join me as we take a Virtual Stroll through Gingham Gardens.
Have you ever been on a home garden tour? I enjoy taking in as many garden tours as time permits in the summer. My favorite garden tours are those where other average home gardeners like me open their gardens to visitors. I always come away with my head practically bursting with ideas to implement in my gardens.
Although, I can’t invite all of you to come visit my gardens, I’d like to pass on a taste of what it would be like to see my gardens in person. My hope, by sharing my garden tours, is that you will take away a few ideas, or see a new plant you’d like to add to your flower gardens.
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I much prefer pictures of groupings of plants or entire flower beds, as opposed to single plants. But, at this stage of the game, their aren’t as many blooming flower groupings and certainly not very colorful full flower gardens yet. Soon, though, soon!
As you’re scrolling (or strolling) by, please take a minute to pin some of the pictures to your favorite Flower Gardening board on Pinterest. There are more pins for sharing at the bottom of the page.
Without further ado, let’s take a virtual stroll. Up first is this lovely Sweet William (Dianthus Barbatus). I’ve grown Sweet William perennial plants before, but never one this tall. I’m pretty sure this is a biennial variety, because it didn’t bloom last year.
Here’s a close-up. And, yes, William you are so Sweet! You smell good, too.
In the same garden is this beautiful, Cherry Bell Campanula. I have a love / hate relationship with this plant. It’s so gorgeous, but it is a very vigorous spreader. I had Wedding Bell Campanula (with a white bell) in another area of this flower garden and it went so crazy that I decided to work on getting rid of it. I’m going to work really hard on keeping this one in check.
This is part of the same tiered flower bed with Denia Pixie Asiatic Lilies, along with Blue Clips Campanula and Yellow Loosestrife (Lysiamachia Alexander) in the background.
Let’s head around to the front yard. On our way, in a little garden by our deck is my new cobalt blue birdbath and this pretty little Dwarf Golden Marguerite Daisy. This is the first year I’ve had this perennial marguerite daisy and so far I love it. It’s been blooming for about 4 weeks now and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The color combination of the cobalt blue and the bright yellow is very eye catching.
Around the corner, is this gorgeous variegated Yellow Loosestrife (Lysiamachia Alexander). The sunny yellow is such a standout!
I debated leaving the next few pictures out, but I want to keep it real and let my readers see that everything in my gardens is far from perfect. The trellis the Sapphire Indigo Clematis is growing on needs to be anchored so it doesn’t lean. I also didn’t get the Delphiniums staked and they are suffering from our windy weather.
Here’s a close up of the Delphiniums on the other side. Confession time, these didn’t get staked in time either.
Some of my favorite garden decor pieces from Amazon (You’ll see most of these around Gingham Gardens):
Now around to the front yard, here are some interesting Corsage Lilies. I’m not sure I like these lilies here, so they will probably find a new home next year. I think they would look better with something behind them as a backdrop, like our rustic cedar fence.
I love this big window box that Hubs added to the front of our house, along with the farmhouse shutters. This is my favorite combination of flowers (red geraniums, white trailing verbena and variegated ivy) in the window box and I believe it will be repeated, unless I find something I like better.
And, another angle of the window box. I will definitely overwinter these red geraniums and take cuttings from the ivy, as well.
Here’s a pretty combination of Salvia and Arizona Sun Blanket Flower (Gaillardia). Blanket flower just tends to pop up wherever it wants to and never seems to appear in the same place it was planted.
Gas Plant is a new to me perennial. I had never seen it before I moved to my current home and there were three of these mystery plants. Over the winter, I was sad to lose the two white ones, but I do have this lovely pink Gas Plant and I have a few others started in other areas.
If you don’t have Gas Plant in your gardens, I would highly recommend adding one (or two). They are an early blooming perennial (Zones 3 – 8). When the blooms are finished, the seed pods are star shaped and add an interest to the garden. The foliage is lovely as well.
I had to walk around to our neighbor’s yard to snap a picture of this Clematis, as it hangs over the fence. I would love to move it to a place in our yard where it’s more visible, but if you look closely you’ll see trumpet vine and Virginia creeper mixed in and I don’t want either of those in my other gardens.
As we wrap up our tour today, I would like to share these lovely, little Asiatic Lilies. They reside in my front corner garden bed. This week on Facebook, I shared before and after videos of a much needed spruce up for this garden. Be sure to check the videos out when you have a few minutes.
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Thanks for stopping by and strolling through the gardens with me today. I hope you’re enjoying your visit and are coming up with some ideas for your own gardens. As summer progresses, there will be lots more flower garden ideas, so stayed tuned. Feel free to hang around for a bit and check out a few other posts.
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