Hydrangea

Located in gardens #2 and #11.

Several of the blue varieties are children from my Grandmother's garden. The summer blooms last for a month or more, then turn a wonderful shade of dusty lavender in the fall. This makes them great for cutting to fill vases all-year long.

The blue shade comes from acidic soil, the pink from alkaline soil. I prefer blue, so I do what my Grandmother did and add leftover coffee or tea (no cream or sugar) to the soil whenever available.

Don't remove the spent blooms until spring, being careful not to disturb any new growth or buds.

Azalea

Located in garden #1.

Not sure of the variety. I purchased it from the Morris Arboretum and just love the unusual lavender shade.

It seems to love the acidic soil from the pine-rich soil of this garden.

Azalea

Located in garden #3 near the patio wall.

This azalea blooms in April and the flowers are brilliant white.

This plant pre-dates my ownership. This is not the best location for this plant, being near a mortar wall, but I found that keeping adding acid (coffee and tea) and compost keeps it very healthy.

Azalea

Located in garden #1.

This was another wonderful purchase from the Morris Arboretum from their plant sale in May. The blooms are pink with white centers. It blooms in late spring, upstaging the other Azaleas on the Lane.

Clematis

Located on the trellis in garden #5.

Deep purple bell-shaped blooms beginning in June.

A nice architectural element in the garden. This plant is so profuse that it almost topples the trellis when in full bloom.

If you trim the spent vines in the summer, you will see another flush of flowers through the summer months. Keep its feet wet.

Lambs Ear

Located in garden #2.

Lamb's Ears is a low growing spreader with very fuzzy, pale, silvery gray-green foliage. Grown for its soft textured leaves, this plant adds a different shade of green to the top of the property.

Black-eyed Susan

Located in gardens #3, 4 and 6.

Can anyone ever have enough bright yellow flowers in the garden? I think not.

These plants will fill the house with flowers from July through September, and never deplete the gardens. They are profuse growers and are easily divided. Best of all, the finch and butterflies love them.

Daylillies

Located in gardens #1, 7, 9 and 10.

These flowers brighten-up the gardens from June through August. Just when you think they are finished, another one pops!

There are several varieties from orange to yellow. They are easy to grow and maintain.

Echinacea/Cone flower

Located in garden #3, 4 and 6.

These flowers grow in and around the Black-eyed Susan and the combination of their deep pink with the bright yellow is stunning.

Great for cutting, but leave some for the finch. These colorful little birds will pick the spiny centers clean through October.

Lacecap Hydrangea

Located in garden #5.

Blooms June through July. This blue variety is very showy in early summer. Keep it well watered through the summer months and enjoy its lovely muted tones into the fall.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Located in garden #2.

Blooms July through August. This lovely bush has large white cone-shaped blooms. It's only a few years old and has tripled in size each year. It loves the shade from the magnolia tree. Couple that with a good dose of compost periodically, and it will grow to be one of the most magnificent plants in the garden.

Raspberries

Located in garden #7.

Enjoy the fresh fruits in late June through early July. I eat them right off the bushes, or as an early morning breakfast treat with my cereal. There are wonderful recipes for rasberry salad dressings or syrups for sundae toppings.