My name is Fran, and I live in Massachusetts. I have submitted my home garden before, but today I’m sharing photos for GPOD on the Road. My husband and I were very fortunate to travel this past summer and visit at least seven different gardens. We traveled to Florida, Alaska, and Vancouver, and places in between. Butchart Gardens, Longwood Gardens, and others in New York City and Florida were beautiful, detailed, and inspiring, but the garden that spoke to us was the Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. The garden’s mission is to educate and to research and develop flowers, shrubs, grains, fruits, and vegetables that are adapted to the unique climate of the Land of the Midnight Sun. Here are photos of the garden’s beautiful plantings.
Fairbanks sits at the edge of Zones 1 and 2. That is COLD, but these beautiful flowers are proof that you can have an incredible garden anywhere; it is just a matter of choosing the right plants for your space. These delphiniums (Delphiniumelatum) thrive in Alaska’s long, cool summer days to make an over-the-top flower display.
Delphiniums hate hot summer weather and are a perfect choice for northern gardens.
Going by the common names of Maltese cross or scarlet lychnis, this Silenechalcedonica gives a brilliant display of blooms in summer. Most references list it as hardy in Zones 3–9, but clearly it is thriving here in Fairbanks.
The extremely long day length in the summer combined with cool temperatures provide conditions to grow some of the biggest, happiest cabbages in the world.
Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid) and pink yarrow (Achilleamilliflorum) blooming their heads off
Annuals like this sunflower (Helianthusannuus) work great in a cold climate because they don’t attempt to survive the winter; they just set seeds and move on!
Clematis are usually grown for their showy flowers, but the silky seed heads can be just as beautiful and longer lasting in the garden.
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