Hannah’s Flower Garden

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Today’s photos come from Hannah Miller.

Hi GPOD people! I am an organic vegetable farmer alongside my husband and four kids in southeastern Minnesota, near Rochester. My passion is my flower beds near our home, which we built four years ago from a total blank slate when it came to landscaping. I love to start perennials from seed to save money, and I also start lots of annuals each year for continuous color. Our winters are long, but the summers make up for it. Some of my new favorite annuals include the Zinnia Profusion Series, which you will see bordering many of my beds, as well as Victoria blue salvia.

white hydrangeaA dramatic white hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) complements some Victoria blue salvia (Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’, Zones 8–10 or as an annual).

bright colorful flowersPlantings in bright, primary colors, with the backdrop of farm fields beyond.

The low-growing zinnias from the Zinnia Profusion Series (Zinnia × marylandica, annual) edging this bed are shorter and more disease resistant than the old-fashioned zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) growing behind them.

Heuchera sanguinea red flowersThough we most often think of heuchera as plants grown for colorful foliage, the species Heuchera sanguinea (Zones 3–8) has spikes of showy bright red flowers in summer. Here they form the edge of the bed, backed up by a mass of taller perennials blooming their heads off.

pink and white hollyhocksHollyhocks (Alcea rosea, Zones 2–10) are old-fashioned flowers that look great in any garden. The plants are biennial or short-lived perennials, but they often self-sow year after year. They can be prone to a disease called rust, especially in humid climates, but when happy they are one of the most beautiful flowers out there.

child next to flowersOne of Hannah’s children is dwarfed by tall, flowering perennials.

big mass of purple coneflowersA big mass of purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8).

Soft yellow asiatic liliesSoft yellow Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones 4–9), with spikes of blazing star (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9) just coming into bloom in front.

garden with farm in the backgroundA view of the garden looking out onto the farmland beyond.

Hannah Miller in her gardenThe gardener in her natural habitat.

If you want to see more of Hannah’s beautiful garden, check out her instagram: @hannahs_garden_journal

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