Return to Keith's Zone 3 Garden

Return to Keith’s Zone 3 Garden

At present we’re again in Keith in chilly Zone 3 in Canada.

At present I would prefer to share pictures of the newest developments in my backyard that I did not have area for in my earlier put up. (Zone 3 Keith’s Backyard) and another random pictures of annuals and perennials.

This space was most likely the backyard’s most engaging vignette till 2021. In spring 2022, the ground-level deck, tiered plant stands, and pebble slabs needed to be eliminated as a result of the wooden within the plant stands had rotted to the purpose when it was not protected to go up there to water.

Not solely is that this backyard challenged by the chilly local weather of Zone 3, however water can be a problem. As we reside within the countryside, our water comes from a properly with restricted provide and is ice chilly. We accumulate as much as 450 gallons of rainwater in 4 barrels. The backyard’s raised beds and all the various containers are hand watered with 2 gallon water cans. The buried beds are in Mom Nature’s arms to water.

After a lot dialogue, the choice was made to exchange the tiered construction with a easy ground-level composite decking, which has tremendously decreased our annual planting and every day irrigation.

expansive views of the garden and deckThis photograph was taken from a unique angle, but it surely takes a have a look at the brand new composite deck.

close-up of container planting with red foliage and red and yellow flowersI discussed this container in my authentic put up, however there wasn’t room for a photograph. This was my grandmother’s forged iron maple syrup cauldron. Right here it’s planted with a crimson canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as tender bulb), Inferno and Wasabi coleus (Coleus scutellarioides, Zones 10–12 or annual), impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 10–12 or annual), and zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’ (annual).

large mexican firecracker vine growing in a birdhouseMexican fireworks vine (Ipomoea lobata, Zones 10–12 or annual) adorns a five-story birdhouse that was a winter undertaking.

potted plants growing in a garden arborIt is wonderful how large amaranth ‘Tricolor’ (annual) goes into a giant pot. He is sharing his dwelling right here with Lemon Candy Potato Vine (Ipomoea potatoes, Zones 10–12 or annual) and Mexican vine.

close-up of several red orange and yellow annual flowersHere’s a typical annual mattress since we modified our shade scheme to crimson, yellow and orange. Any blues, purples, and so on. are perennials from earlier than the change. Featured listed here are Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sundown’ (Zones 3–8, often grown yearly), ‘Love Lies Bleedingamaranth (Amaranthus caudatus, annual) and zinnia ‘Zahara Sundown’.

close-up of cleopatra canna flowerCane ‘Cleopatra’ in bloom

close-up of tree peony with bright pink purple flowersOne in all three peonies on the tree (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) that now we have. There may be additionally a crimson and a yellow one. These are pushing the hardiness zone, however most years I cowl them with styrofoam bins within the winter. I’ve no mortality if they aren’t coated, however they don’t bloom or the flowers are sparse.

close-up of orange Hotel California lilyMy favourite lily, lily ‘Lodge California’ (Zones 3-9)

close-up of light pink clematis flowersI feel that is clematis integrifolia (Zones 3–8). It’s a non-climbing clematis, solely a few meter tall. I’ve by no means been fortunate sufficient to overwinter on a standard clematis.

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