Beyond the garden gate lies a world of secret beauty and passionate obsession.

Clematis Jackmanii winding behind Crocosmia Lucifer lighting up the midsection of the west border while making the local hummingbirds happy.

Here’s a closer look at Lucifer

The other day while deadheading I found a whole bunch of ladybug larvae hanging out on the pansies, knowing they eat a prodigious amount of aphids.

I grumbled about irresponsible insect mothers who left their young stranded without nourishment. Apparently ladybug mothers are more savvy than I. The lack of visible aphids and mites is likely thanks to the hungry larvae, because they’re perfectly healthy and rapidly transforming into adults!

Since the south deck was in repair this spring only the west deck has annuals in containers, which are quickly becoming mixed perennial color spots.

The vivid red geranium shares space with a fruiting salal, three lobelia,and a pair of alyssum.

The box holds a handsome sedge, a trio of still flowering pansies wintered over, They’re augmented with fragrant heliotrope, and three delicate white beauties, whose name escapes me. If you happen to be local I got them from West Seattle Nursery. A few years ago I added them to fall container. They bloomed into December. I regretted not buying them earlier in the year.

Perennial wintergreen (never happy in the garden but thriving in a part shade pot) shares with a lanium, lobelias, and alyssums.

I’ve long loved this concrete bench with flanking ferns. A common five-fingered maidenhair on one side, a rare Japanese lady fern on the other, both shaded by the venerable apple tree and a forgiving juniper. Last fall I decided to renovate the small interior bed behind the juniper, adding a year old cutting of Rosa Complicata, a healthy start of Clematis Montana a dainty (so far) mock orange (Philadelphus Snow White Sensation), three Morning light miscanthus, a few sweet woodruffs bordering the front a tassel fern, a dryopertis, and a trio of peonies (Paeonia Festiva Maxima) a few pale pink toadflax(Linaria Dalmaticavoluteered.

The peonies budded but never bloomed. I suspect the eucalyptus providing afternoon shade is to blame. Perhaps next winter I’ll prune it back and see if the peonies improve.

Focused on the mock orange

Wider view

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Another pretty unnamed hellebore in the east border.

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A closer look at Rosa Fairy, a reliable charmer!

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Rosa Fairy with the first Dierama blooms wafting in front of her. To the right is the murky corner the suffering rugosa escaped.

Here’s more info on Rosa Fairy

Here’s a link to more info on Dierama, aka Angel’s Fishing Rod

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Rosa Rugosa, Blanc Double De Coubert thrives under the edge of the big fir tree, producing charming, delightfully fragrant blooms most of the summer and ending with a flourish of red hips.

High Country Roses offers them I can’t vouch for the nursery, but the rose is worth pursuing.

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The original rugosa bush has been shaded out, so I though I’d lost the rose, but the parent sent out a runner. This summer a single stem popped up on the other side of the fence where sun still reaches. Super fragrant and hearty, I’m delighted it survived.

Learn more about these native roses from the American Rose Society