Dale’s Garden in 2020

Today we’re headed to Michigan to visit Dale Dailey’s garden and look back at the highlights from the past year.

midwest spring gardenSpringtime in central Michigan began early, with many of the early risers experiencing frigid weather and snow. This is a scene from this time.

midwest summer gardenBut as the summer arrived, the same area exploded into a luxuriant scene.

Japanese gardenOther garden areas came into their own. The Japanese garden features a new central tree, a weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’, Zones 5–9).

dry stream areaA dry stream area in front of our house features daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 3–9) along each side and a purple-leaved, contorted hazelnut (Corylus avellana ‘Red Dragon’, Zones 4–8).

Escobaria viviparaThe alpine garden continued to provide surprises, particularly after a hard winter. This hardy cactus (Escobaria vivipara, Zones 4–8) was particularly spectacular.

Indian pinkAnother special plant, a Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink, Zones 4–9) came into full bloom this summer in a shady area.

geraniums with variegated leavesI have also been nurturing a group of geraniums with variegated leaves that have popped up from seed. I am hopeful that one of them will retain its variegation and be able to be propagated.

shady gardenAnother favorite spot is the shady garden area that I see as I drive up the driveway. It includes a well-established set of hostas, astilbes, epimedium, and other shade-loving plants.

spiderwortWe live on a dusty gravel road, but I have created a small, rugged garden area around our mailbox. The area features some tough spiderworts (Tradescantia virginiana, Zones 4–9) and daylilies.

overhead garden photoA friend used his drone to take an overhead photo of a section of the garden. The photo provides a good sense of the layout to the east of our house. It gives a whole new perspective to the garden.



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