Through the Year in My Garden 2013

Through the Year in My Garden 2013

30 Jan 2013 Snow frosts the Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) next to the front steps.

25 February 2013  Man-made objects catch the snow.

19 March 2013  Early Spring in northeastern Illinois.  My patio.


15 April 2013  Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucularia) growing amongst Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)  foliage.  Plant  these under trees, so they get full sun in spring and shade in the summer after the trees leaf out.

11 May 2013  Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in my patio.  In nature it is found in woodland.  These are shaded by a tall Black Walnut (Juglans nigra).

31 May 2013  Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) and blooming Virginia Waterleaf(Hydrophyllum virginianum) in my savanna garden.  Both of these are woodland plants.

14 June 2013  Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) make a stunning combination in early to mid-June.  Add White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha) that also blooms at the same time.


24 June 2013  My front sidewalk with Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), and Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata).  A classic combination everyone should grow.


4 July 2013  Prairie or Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera) climbing on my trellis.  Even though it’s called “Prairie” Rose, it is a denizen of savanna and grows at woodland edges and in clearings.  The long canes have to be woven through or tied to the trellis.  Or plant it on  a hillside and let the canes cascade down the slope.

27 July 2013  Mid-July to mid-August. The beds overflow with Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea), Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) and Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), edged with Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis).

19 August 2013 Wild Quinine and Stiff Coreopsis still in bloom, as Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is beginning.

16 September 2013  Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) and Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) fill both sides of the sidewalk along the west side of my house.

18 October 2013  Mid-October.  Shade gardens peak in spring and fall.

1 November 2013.  The gardens have turned to amber and sepia tones.  My side yard.

Purple coneflower and the trellis are marvelous snow catchers.


Make this the year to plant a native plant garden.

Go Native!

This photo was taken of me in my savanna garden this summer by Jason Kay of Evanston who blogs at Garden in the City.

20 Responses to Through the Year in My Garden 2013

  1. Hi Pat December 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Loved the pics. need to see what native petunia looks like! Planting more and more natives, even have milkweed now!

  2. Suzanne Massion December 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Pat, taking a photographic walk with you through your 2013 garden is pure delight and some verse by Lord Tennyson sets a perfect year end tone. I especially love your winter scape images; probably because I love painting landscapes in snow. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Barb Glassel December 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Greetings Pat, Thank you for the inspiring review of the past year in your yard. What a delightful place for all creatures!
    The July photo included 10 or 12 intriguing green verticals, possibly leafless stalks, or rods. Could you please identify them for us? Hope you enjoy the unfolding of a new year, and Thanks again.

    • Pat Hill December 30, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      They’re the tall stems of Prairie Dock. Look closely and you can see the robust clump of basal leaves that they are rising from.

  4. Monica Buckley December 30, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Thank you for a lovely tour of the year, Pat. You inspire me as I plan to garden for both myself and others in the coming year!

  5. Marianne Nelson December 30, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Loved seeing you in your garden,and those Rudbekia!


    • Pat Hill December 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      I love seeing them, too. They originally came from you–how many years ago was that? 1998, I think.

  6. Kevin Hebert December 30, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Looks awesome Pat! The picture of the Redbud in bloom is a welcome sight right about now!

  7. june keibler December 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Could anything be more beautiful than your gardens…I don’t think so. June

  8. PATTY December 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Perhaps your next project should be a calendar! These are all wonderful pictures of your garden, beautiful all through the year.

  9. Rachel Campbell December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    What a beautiful way of remembering 2013!

  10. Sue Harney December 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Happy New Year Pat. Scrolling through your garden was wonderful. Thank you for the lovely quotes and the beautiful pictures.

  11. sue harney December 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Happy New Year Pat. Loved scrolling through your garden now and over the past year. Your quotes are lovely. See you soon.

  12. Mary Alice Masonick December 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful, Pat! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ginger Duncan December 31, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Really enjoyed your beautiful four season pictures, thanks for sharing! I think a calendar would be a great idea! Happy New Year!

  14. Dawn Hartney December 31, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Happy New Year to you Pat! I love seeing the seasonal transitions of your garden. We are blessed to have you in the neighborhood!

  15. Jean Muntz December 31, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    The photos make me yearn for the garden- yet, remind me that this is the season to rest, recuperate, dream and enjoy the beauty of what I see covered in snow.

  16. Trish Beckjord December 31, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Wonderful images to share, Pat. And, of course, as always your opening quote… Thank you! I love all the seasons but particularly the snowy landscapes I look out to now as I anticipate another snowfall this New Year’s Eve. Best wishes to everyone in 2014. May the joy of our native landscapes touch you all!

  17. Holly Antonucci January 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Your pictures are lovely. (I loved your smile and the wild flowers.) Thank you for sharing them with me.

  18. Jason January 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Love these pictures. I can’t wait until our Prairie Rose is covered with blooms like yours. The spiderwort and penstemon are a great combination.

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