Joe’s Indiana Backyard – FineGardening

Joe's Indiana Garden - FineGardening

Today we are in Hobart, Indiana, visiting Joe Messina’s beautiful garden. Joe has been gardening for about 30 years.

This ancient bearded iris variety (Iris germanica hybrid, zones 3–8) originated over 100 years ago. Old-fashioned irises have smaller, simpler flowers than the curled modern varieties and are often stronger and healthier. You won’t survive more than 100 years if you’re a wimp!

pink dianthusThese dianthus hybrids bloom for Joe practically all summer with a multitude of baby pink flowers.

Coneflower hybridsA group of coneflower hybrids (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 4-9) thrived in Joe’s garden this year, along with towering purple liatris (Liatris spicata, Zones 3-9).

Invicibelle Spirit smooth hydrangeaInvicibelle Spirit Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3 – 9) is a beautiful pale pink version of the classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. Generally healthy and carefree, sadly they started dying for Joe this year.

Incrediball hydrangeasJoe keeps front planting simple and elegant with these Incrediball hydrangeas. This plant is another selection of the smooth hydrangea and looks very similar to the classic ‘Annabelle’ with huge white flower heads. However, it is characterized by strong stems that won’t tip over with the weight of all those flowers.

LiatrisThese liatris are a beautiful accent flower for any garden.

Garden from aboveThe view of the garden from an upstairs window. It is always great to think about what a garden will look like from the windows of your home because this is how you will see it most of the time.

Garden bed full of flowersAnother view from above shows the beds full of healthy, colorful flowers.

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