Connie’s New Garden – FineGardening



Today’s photos are from Connie Raines.

My garden is in Griffin, Georgia, one hour outside of Atlanta.

Many of my plants were relocated from my garden in Decatur, which is a city 15 minutes from Atlanta. I had a garden there for 36 years and dug up and transplanted two large truckloads of plants a little over two years ago. Almost everything survived and is thriving, even a 42-year-old azalea plant that was given to me in a small pot as a gift.

view of back garden with lots of flowering shrubsVery large, very old azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 5–9) fill the space with spring color.

close up of love lies bleeding plantThese love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus, annual) were planted from heirloom seeds. Something ate the leaves, but the plant survived and flowered.

close up of queen annes lace in a meadow gardenThe meadow was planted in back of the property, where a pine tree was cut down and the ground was tilled. Here, Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carata, annual or biennial) blooms beautifully, with some purple flowers as well as the typical white.

queen annes lace flowers in a vaseQueen Anne’s lace stems make a simple, beautiful bouquet.

close up of blackberries in various stages of growthLook at these awesome large blackberries (Rubus hybrid, Zones 5–8)!

close up of light blue morning glory flowersThis morning glory (Ipomoea nil, annual) has delicate powder-blue flowers that shift to pink at their throat. Even better, this variety has white variegation on the leaves, so it provides beauty even in the afternoon when the flowers have faded.


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