More of May in Carla’s garden



Yesterday, Carla Zambelli shared with us the abundance of spring in her Malvern, Pennsylvania, garden, and today we’re back to enjoy more of the beauty of this time of year.

Old fashioned weigela with pink flowersNew weigela breeding has emphasized small, compact forms, often with colorful foliage, but it’s hard to beat the rich display of flowers in large forms like this beautiful old-fashioned weigela.Vigila Floridazones 5-9) that produce a spring of flowers each spring.

Near the pink roseI can almost smell that beautiful old rose through the computer screen!

Close up of deep red peony flowerpeonies (Paeonia hybrids, zones 3–8) come in a wide range of colors, and this deep, rich red is particularly striking.

Green lotus peonyThis really unusual peony flower looks like cultivar ‘Green Lotus’, with interesting split petals for a completely different look.

Near a cluster of lilacsA perfect, fragrant cluster of lilac (Siringa sp., zones 3-8) blooms.

Pink weigela behind plantersThe cascading flowering branches of weigela fall into beautiful foliage of ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteriszones 3–7) and a Japanese maple (Acer palmatumzones 5–9).

Close to pink old fashioned roseAnother stunning vintage rose, with layer upon layer of pink petals.

Close up of plants in the gardenLayers of plants make up the landscape of this garden. Baptisia (Zones 3-9) are now blooming.

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