A Garden in Virginia Horse Country

So here’s a garden that’s settled in among the hills, fields, and estates of Virginia’s horse country.


The owners live in a house that dates back well over 200 years.


I like this arbor festooned with Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) marking the transition between two areas of the garden.


There is a big boxwood maze with views of the fields and hills in the distance.


Oh, look! A rooster amongst the sweet peas. Judy was excited.


I thought the garden shed was quite handsome.


A tranquil water feature full of aquatic plants whose names I don’t know.


I liked the cottage garden-style flower beds full of Clematis, Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), and summer-blooming Alliums.


We spent LOTS of time looking at the bees going crazy over the Drumstick Alliums (A. sphaerocephalon).

Three bees for the price of one digital photo – bumblebee, carpenter bee, and a little hovering guy.




Another handsome arbor.


I’m not a big fan of lawns, as you may know, but I like how this one nestles up against the stone wall and wooden chairs.


Don’t look now, but there’s a bunny rabbit spying on us from behind the Hydrangeas.

That’s all for now.

28 Comments on “A Garden in Virginia Horse Country

  1. Honeysuckles rock! All we have here is the Japanese honeysuckle, (and sometimes Burmese honeysuckle) which is very nice and very fragrant, but I have never seen those other sorts of honeysuckles.

    • Lonicera sempervirens is native in the northeast and midwest. It’s great, but not fragrant. There are a bunch of nice cultivars. I’m guessing it isn’t grown in CA.

      • No, I read about it, but have never seen it. We have only the common Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle, which is still my favorite, and the big Burmese honeysuckle, which I am not impressed by. I wish I could find a North American honeysuckle that is as fragrant as the Japanese honeysuckle. Our native honeysuckle is not much to look at.

  2. There is so much space in this garden and this gives the garden a lovely relaxed look …. Nice shot getting three bees in one photo!

  3. Great looks at this neat and tidy garden. I love the weather vane atop the garden shed with it’s quail perched atop. The arbors do lure you into the next area with a peek through.

  4. The way the garden was divided into different “rooms” was lovely as you never knew what you were going to find through the next entryway.

  5. The tall water plant with big leaves is Thalia dealbata. I love it but it is not hardy here. A lovely garden. Such a pretty summer house.

  6. I like this garden best of all the ones you’ve shown so far! We used to live in VA and I’d love to move back there someday.

  7. I love the blog tours of gardens. It’s much appreciated as my gardens sit under snow for the next several months.

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