Gardens at Bellsflower Farm


Today we’re visiting Ruth Ann Mummey’s garden.

We moved to our farm, located outside the village of Sergeantsville, New Jersey, in 1995. We named it Bellsflower because we could hear the church bells in the garden. We have almost 100 acres, where we have hay fields, pastures for our pet Belted Galloway cows, and a small wholesale nursery where my husband grows American holly and assorted shrubs for the trade.

The gardens evolved and grew with plant division and obsessive plant lust every time I passed a garden center. Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia, Zones 6–9) came first because I admired their beauty. Somehow they are still here and thriving in our Zone 6 location. Because there are so many beds, ground covers became a foundation to build with; hence, moss phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) covers a large area, welcoming the spring.

My passion is for flowering perennials, hydrangeas, hosta, heuchera, sedum, crape myrtles, flowering bulbs, and on and on. I just put down a catalog because we are in isolation, but plants can be delivered!

Flowering trees and shrubs are the epitome of spring and a great choice in a very large garden like this, as they fill a large area and are very low maintenance compared to perennials or annuals.

A row of flowering cherries (Prunus, Zones 5–8) stretches along the fence line, while other flowering shrubs carry on the show in other colors.

I wonder if these cows appreciate just what a beautiful spot they get to live in!

A sea of phlox delivers huge impact during the spring bloom and forms an easy-to-care-for carpet of green the rest of the year.

Spring in this garden is just magical.

Other plants, such as daffodils, grow up through the carpet of phlox.

Here’s further proof there is no such thing as too much phlox! Even better, phlox is native to much of the eastern half of North America, so it is an ecologically friendly plant choice for this garden as well.

In a more formal part of the garden, a sculpture stands surrounded by a neat hedge of boxwood (Buxus, Zones 5–9).


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