Plants Kind of Like Children

My name is Carolyn Berube, and I live in Westport, Massachusetts, near the ocean. When the wind is out of the north I’m in Zone 6b, and when the wind is out of the south I’m in Zone 7. I’ve been gardening on this property for 19 years, growing mostly perennials and shrubs. I take hundreds of pictures of my plants as if they were my kids—which they kind of are!

An old variety of bearded iris I’ve been carrying around, with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Zones 4–9) in back.

This sanguisorba (Sanguisorba officinalis, Zones 4–8) blooms in early summer. The goldfinches love the seeds!

Peony ‘Cream Puff’ and oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–9).

Siberian iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’ (Iris siberica ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Zones 3–8)

Nobody but me seems to love chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zones 4–8) for their shape in the late spring. This is a pink variety called ‘Foresgate’.


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