Mary Ellen's Flower Garden

Mary Ellen's Flower Garden is set on the side of a mostly shaded hill. Filled with perennials, the garden boasts blooming flowers of one kind or another from early April through September. The earliest blooms are the bulbs that greet spring. Brightly colored tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses dot the hillside as the last flakes of winter melt away.

The highest corner of the hillside enjoys the most sun, being warmed by the early morning rays and again with the last sun of the evening. It is on this spot that the Fiesta daisies have found their home, spreading wherever they want, crowding out the Black-Eyed Susans they now surround.

The foxgloves grow taller before opening their throaty flowers, which provide a safe haven for fat bumblebees seeking their sweet nectar. And scattered up and down the hill are the carefreee daylilies whose blooms follow the sun as it moves encircling the hill each day.

Sloping down the hill into the shade, the delicate coumbine have long since bloomed and turned to seed. Still deeper into the shade are the dark purple irises with their long, slender, green foliage framing their beauty.

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This easy-to-grow pereinnial is loved by hummingbirds. Plant in full sun or partial shade for blooms in May and June. Return to flower list

Black-Eyed Susan

Orange coneflowers that grow on 2- to 3-foot stems do best in full sun. These are great flowers for the wild garden, producing blooms through July and August. Return to flower list


There are more than 200 species available in a vast array of colors. Irises are easy to grow, and most need sunlight. Plant the rhizomes in the fall for blooms in early May. Return to flower list


Dayllilies are perennials that earned their name because each bloom opens, matures, and withers in 24 hours or less. Daylilies do well in partial shade and require little care. Return to flower list


Most foxglove are biennials which grow on tall, strong stems in partial shade. They are easy to care for and flower during May and June. Return to flower list