Gardening in the Wilds of British Columbia

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J. M. Byman shared these pictures with us today.

The pics are just a sample of the perennials in my gardens in a very dry location high above the Fraser River, about 25 miles from Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada.

It has taken almost 20 years to develop the yard. When we bought the property there wasn’t a house, hydro, or water.

Thanks for letting me share a few of my pictures.

spring flowering trees in front of mountainsSpring-flowering trees in the garden, with views of the incredible landscape beyond. What a beautiful, magical place!

 flower-filled garden bedThere is no shortage of flowers. A hybrid daylily (Hemerocallis, Zones 3–9) loaded down with blooms is surrounded by a true lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–9), yellow coreopsis (Coreopsis verticilata, Zones 3–9), coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 4–8), and blazing star (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9).

A path lined with perennialsHuge hostas dominate this shaded garden, showing off their enormous spikes of lavender flowers.

A garden bed on a hillsideThis garden is loaded with blooming plants, mostly in shades of white, green, and yellow to make a harmonious overall effect.

Bee on a white coneflowerA visiting bee on this coneflower bloom samples the supply of nectar and pollen.

A peach roseThe variety of this peach-colored rose is uncertain, but it looks like it might be Rosa ‘Oso Easy Peachy Cream’ (Zones 3–9).

A man holding two handfuls of huge carrotsNow that is an impressive crop of carrots!

A pink peony flower just openingPeonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–9) are classic flowers of spring, and perfectly suited to cold climates.

pink oriental lilyThis pink Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–9) is part of a group of lilies famous for their incredible fragrance and huge flowers. They thrive best where summers are cool.

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