Ruth’s Ohio Garden

Today’s photos are from Ruth Barker. I love all flowers and plants, and I love to try new introductions with my existing plantings. I prefer to have lots of pollinators. I also prefer a more natural and wild look. I live in Ohio, Zone 6a. This year I will be planting dahlias. I have planted small border ones in the past. This year I’m going for a BIG impact. I have also ordered several new irises. I just love everything about gardening!! Nothing delivers big impact like poppies! (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8). Countless ornamental onions (Allium, Zones 4–8) fill the spring garden with purple. So much color from foliage! A red-leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) complements the golden color of the heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 4–9) under it. A double-flowered azalea (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) covers itself with blooms in the spring. The hanging pot of red geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) absolutely glows against the white wall behind it. Lupines (Lupinus hybrids, Zones 2–8) are hard to beat with their tall, dense spires of purple flowers. Stopping by the pond to feed the fish This planting is all about pink, from pink phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), and a lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 5–9). Have a garden you’d like to share? Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit! To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden. Have a mobile phone? Tag your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening! Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.

Ruth’s Ohio Garden

Today’s photos are from Ruth Barker.

I love all flowers and plants, and I love to try new introductions with my existing plantings.

I prefer to have lots of pollinators. I also prefer a more natural and wild look. I live in Ohio, Zone 6a. This year I will be planting dahlias. I have planted small border ones in the past. This year I’m going for a BIG impact. I have also ordered several new irises. I just love everything about gardening!!

close up of red poppy flowersNothing delivers big impact like poppies! (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8).

close up of lots of purple Allium flowersCountless ornamental onions (Allium, Zones 4–8) fill the spring garden with purple.

close up of plant pairing with colorful foliageSo much color from foliage! A red-leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) complements the golden color of the heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 4–9) under it.

flower bed next to white picket fence with pink and purple flowersA double-flowered azalea (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) covers itself with blooms in the spring.

small garden bed and potted plants around houses front entryThe hanging pot of red geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) absolutely glows against the white wall behind it.

close up of large purple Lupine spiresLupines (Lupinus hybrids, Zones 2–8) are hard to beat with their tall, dense spires of purple flowers.

girl feeding koi fish in garden pondStopping by the pond to feed the fish

garden bed with a variety of pink flowersThis planting is all about pink, from pink phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), and a lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 5–9).