The traditional English "everyman's" garden—fragrant, beautiful flowers in spontaneous, informal patterns alongside vegetables, herbs, vines, and other plants—is enjoying a well-deserved American revival.
Buds of the balloon flower burst into bloom just as the medicinal echinacea (next photo) start to fade.
Susan and daughter Rosie enter their garden gateway.
PHOTO: PAT STONE
Coreopsis, Johnson's blue geraniums, shasta daisies, and nigella bloom side by side in Susan's garden.
Pink bergamot and larkspurs bloom first in this border that later will hold coreopsis, blueberries, and bush cherries.
Planned successions, as this echinacea's fading succeeded by the blooming of the balloon flower (previous photo), keep color coming all year.
The softness of Lavender Dream roses accentuates the regal beauty of a pink daylily, as the flowers await a soothing bubble bath.
"Walk in," the garden seems to say. "The phone, the housework—everything else can wait."
Combining fruits and flowers creates functional beauty, as in this collage of blueberries, phlox, coreopsis, and tomatoes.
Take children into the garden. Loving beauty, they'll soon be able to tell—like Rosie—a mahogany bergamot from a coreopsis.