Visiting Elaine’s Garden

Today we’re visiting Elaine Hutson’s wonderful Oregon garden. We’ve visited before (Garden Perfection, 40+ Years in the Making: Part 1 and Part 2), and it is always a pleasure to revisit this beautiful space, which Elaine has created all herself over the past four decades.

Regal lily (Lilium regale, Zones 4–8) and a daylily bloom together. The daylily brings bright color, while the regal lily boasts a wonderful fragrance.

Smoke bushes (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 4–9) are common in gardens, but most often you see selections with dark purple-red foliage. This golden-leaved form (probably the variety ‘Golden Spirit’) is different and absolutely glows in the garden.

A blue moment from delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7) and globe thistle (Echinops ritro, Zones 3–8).

Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 3–8) surrounded by goldenrod (Solidago) and regal lily.

Variegated Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Variegata’, Zones 3–8) has clouds of blue flowers in the spring, and big leaves boldly marked with white throughout the growing season.

Eryngium giganteum has silverly flower heads. It gets its common name, Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, not only from its ghostly white appearance, but because of the story that a Miss Wilmott loved the plant so much that she scattered seeds of it in gardens she visited. The plants that sprang up were the ghosts of her visit.

A simple brick path leading through the lush garden.

Regal lilies towering over a densely planted bed.

Silver-patterned Siberian bugloss next to a rose.

Mown grass paths invite visitors to explore the garden and enjoy each beautiful corner.


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