We’re visiting with Marilyn Regnier today. We’ve visited her garden before (Marilyn’s Missouri-Inspired Garden in Minnesota), and today she’s joining in the fun of looking back and sharing the highlights of her 2023 gardening season.

I garden in Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota, Zone 4, and every spring I make a trip to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market to purchase most of my annual plants.

This 2023 spring color combination is ready for planting.

pink and yellow flowers planted in terraced gardenThe rose pink geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 9–11 or as an annual), yellow lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 8–11 or as an annual), and moss roses (Portulaca grandiflora, annual) flourished.

pink flowers behind white flowersDahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–11 or as a tender bulb), pentas (Pentas lanceolata, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), and petunias (Petunia ‘Tidal Wave Silver’, Zone 9–11 or as an annual)

pink and white peonies in a vaseI brought some of my peonies (Paeonia hybrids, Zones 3–8) into the house, the white one with red splashes (‘Festiva Maxima’) being the oldest and most fragrant.

tall planter with ornamental grass and chartreuse foliage plant spilling over the edgePurple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) and creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) add height and flowing spillage to this tall pot.

yellow and purple flowers planted behind chartreuse sedumA chartreuse sedum, purple heliotrope (Heliotrope arborescens, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), and ‘Butterfly’ marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens ‘Butterfly’, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) complete this bed.

metal frog sculpture holding small pot of pink petuniasMy gardening frog “Leonard” always carries a small pot full of petunias.

white and purple flowers planted in terraced garden and concrete pot
A cement pot that I always fill with annuals sits on the wall area.

hydrangea planted in terraced gardenThis final image of the season includes Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ (Zones 5–9) blooms.

I hope you liked my 2023 gardening season. I enjoyed the color combination so much I might have to plant it again.


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