Tips from the Gardeners of Raleigh

As much as I love public gardens, it’s private gardens that offer up the best tips for improving my own garden, and I visit them as often as possible.   Of course that means taking advantage of spring garden tours, of which there are so many in the Mid-Atlantic region, and they’re great.  Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to see gardens any other time of the year.  That’s why I go to garden-writer meet-ups – because they include visits to plenty of private gardens and they take place in spring, summer and fall.

Without further ado, here are some shots of private gardens in Raleigh, NC in early September that have inspired me to make changes in my own garden.

Masses of annuals! I especially love the chartreuse sweet potato vine - it pops.

More massing - this time Goldenrod with Cannas.

Beautyberry shrubs really dazzle in September.

Great drama from mases of bananas, and a gorgeous arch. Sadly, I can only afford the bananas..

I love this messy border full of bird- and butterfly-attracting flowers.

Another example of drama I can't afford is this huge triple mirror. Maybe just one mirror, though.

To attract more hummingbirds and butterflies, this red salvia will do the trick.

Two great ideas here - red peppers, and a vertical boulder.

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