Today’s photos are by Lesley Golenor.
Growing flowers from seed has been my passion for the past 10 years, ever since I started gardening. I love experimenting with different types, color and texture combinations. Lately I’ve been growing a lot for drying purposes. Who doesn’t want to have flowers in their home and share them all year round? By 2020 I was gardening out of a small urban rowhouse lot in Washington DC. , extending with . and perennials, focusing on fitting in more native plants and supporting wildlife.And dog life, as my garden partners Ripley and Max remind me to maintain a chasing circuit for them as I trim the new beds. While I continue to develop my new garden design, packing in seed-grown annuals is a rewarding and inexpensive way to fill in the gaps, both for me and for pollinators. I know it will take years to achieve the lawn-free, layered, and mature garden of my dreams, but I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead!
big banana (Moses sp.) leaves set the tone in the background, while a diversity of bright foliage and a few flowers fill the space.
A garden bouquet includes some beautiful rudbeckias (Rudbeckia Hartazones 3–7), Gomphrina (Gomphrina Globosaannual), and hyacinth bean flowers and bright purple seeds (The label purpureuszones 10-11).
Leslie is almost hidden behind just a small crop of status flowers (Limonium The synotum, zones 8-10 or as an annual). They look just as dry as they do when fresh.
This garden is full of ready-to-use gardener’s tools.
Gomphrina and round flowers of both Crosspedia Globosa (Zones 8-11 or as an annual) Dries beautifully for long-lasting flower arrangements.
Zinnia vessels (Xenia Elegance,annual) and the hedge hyacinth bean brings color to the garden and is easy to grow from seed.
Ripley and Max approved this sitting area surrounded by lush garden goodness.
Bundles of dried flowers to share and enjoy all year round.
There aren’t just flowers in Leslie’s garden. How delicious does this berry crop look?
Ripley and Max are ready to use the garden paths for their games.
The next generation of plants for Leslie’s garden is growing from seed on clay blocks.
If you want to see more from Leslie, check out her Instagram: @floralhighground
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