Laura’s Romantic Garden

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Today we’re off to southern New Jersey to visit Laura Boissonnault’s beautiful garden.

front of home with light post and plantsLaura’s house is a colonial-style home built in 1920, and her romantic, cottage-garden design complements the building perfectly.

white fence with pink hyrangeaSoft pink hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 6–9) and blue clematis (Clematis hybrid, big-flowered group, Zones 5–9) glow against bright white fencing.

vegetable garden beds with calendulaEven the vegetable garden is beautiful, with a soft peach-colored calendula (Calendula officinalis, annual) blooming in the foreground. Calendula is beautiful, and the petals are edible as well.

plants growing along a white fenceAlternating clumps of salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 3–8) and pink sea thrift (Armeria maritima, Zones 4–8) bloom against a white fence.

light pink flowers growing near homeThis part of the garden is all soft pink from roses and annuals.

potted plants on porch stepsPots of geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual) bloom on the front steps. It is clear that Laura is very thoughtful about the colors she chooses in the garden, leaning heavily on pinks, blues, and purples to a create calm, unified color story.

rose-covered archIs there any more romantic way to welcome people into the garden than a rose-covered arch?

More climbing roses blooming on a white trellis. Climbing roses don’t cling to their supports the way true vines do, so each of the long stems has to be carefully tied into place to create a display like this, and Laura has done it beautifully. The light paint color on the wall and white trellis provide the perfect backdrop for the glowing rose blooms.

light pink dahlias in front of a gardenSoft pink dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) open their huge, many-petaled blooms. The view of the garden beyond shows that this isn’t a huge garden out in the country but a smaller space with many close neighbor houses, but Laura has used that space perfectly to create a magical garden.

garden at sunsetWhat better way to end a visit to this garden than with a view of the glowing sky in soft pastel colors that echo the blooms in the garden itself?

If you want to see more from Laura, check out her instagram: @howsitgrowingnj

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