Scenes From Reneé’s Gardens

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Today we’re looking at photos sent in by Reneé Clermont in Edgartown, Massachusetts, whose company Second Nature Designs does landscape design and gardening work.

A pot filled with pink and blue flowersI love the over-the-top color of this container planting, with tall salvias that look like Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ (Zones 9–11 or as an annual) and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ (Zones 7–11 or as an annual). These give the design great height and drama.

garden filled with pink and blue flowers behind a stone retaining wallThis is a wonderful example of the impact you can get by choosing just a couple of great plants and repeating them through the garden. Here Astilbe (looks to be Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions’, Zones 4–8) combines with a purple perennial salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8) to make a breathtaking display.

wide garden bed filled with flowers and a white pergolaThe neat lawn surrounding this dreamy flower garden, filled with color from perennials and annuals, provides a formal contrast to the more informal flower planting.

container planted with a pink flowering vine and a geranium with yellow-edged leavesIn this container planting, Mandevilla (Zones 9–11 or as an annual) vines provide height and abundant pink flowers. A variegated geranium (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as annual) has red flowers and showy yellow-margined foliage for even more color impact.

A stone patio with a chair surrounded by purple, blue, burgundy and white flowersI love the subdued, relaxing color scheme here. Shades of purple, white, and burgundy make this a perfect spot to sit back and de-stress.

A white hydrangea with a garden behind itThe big white flower heads of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) dominate the foreground in this garden full of the flowers of high summer.

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