Thursday, February 2, 2012


Here is post I was intending to write last fall. These pictures were taken in early October in Peter and Teddy Berg's garden in Walpole, NH. They have a beautiful autumn garden and on this particular day, the garden was looking its very best. The numerous crab apple trees had a beautiful fall show, their branches heavy with brilliant red fruit.

 The gravel path with its signature plants, aster (Symphytichum novae-angliae), little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium), Pearly-everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), and Verbena bonariensis. This was always the place to spot the butterflies.

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' under planted with a happily self- seeded Verbascum olympicum.

A bee struggles in the swinging flower heads (it was very windy that day!)

The Eupatorium in combination with Cuphea cyanea 'Caribbean Sunset.' The Cuphea is an annual here, but this individual made it through last winter indoors in a pot. In the spring it looked too awful to put in a pot with the young fresh plants from Walker Farm, so I stuck it out in the garden without any real hope of it bouncing back. In October this little gem was a happy surprise, blooming in time with the chocolate joe pye. It was a real stroke of luck!

Self- sowed Nicotiana sylvestris

A shot of the incredible foliage plant Amsonia hubrichtii

Here is the Amsonia again, just beginning to turn to its shocking yellow fall color

The Foundation Garden

 The vibrant fall red of Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Mariesii'

The Viburnum with a backdrop of Perovskia, Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus,' and the pale lime-white of Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva.'

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