CT Historic Gardens: Osbourne Homestead, Derby, CT

22 06 2018
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Butterfly Garden

(text from DEEP site): The butterfly garden contains a variety of plants that attract and feed butterflies. The bold colors of this garden attract many visitors  and other pollinators in addition to butterflies. Visit this garden and see how you can landscape your yard to attract wildlife. Some of the plants in this garden include sedum, yarrow, bee-balm, columbine, butterfly weed, and black-eyed Susans, dogbane, spicebush, and coneflower.

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Formal Gardens

This Colonial Revival style garden dates back to 1911 and has five main flower beds filled with various annuals and perennials.  Knockout rose trees and gomphrena are among the colorful flowers that fill the four rectangular beds, which surround a circular bed containing ornamental kale and tall ageratum.  Daylilies, Siberian and bearded irises, peonies, yucca, and globe thistle are among the potpourri of perennials along the perimeter.

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Rock Garden

Tucked behind the rose garden is a lovely rock garden, featuring dwarf conifers and perennials. Annuals add splashes of color throughout the year.  Iris, lavender, bleeding heart, and rose campion are among the prerennials in this garden.

Part of Connecticut Historic Gardens Passport

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3 responses

23 06 2018
Karen Hume

A beautiful spot, Beth. I love butterflies and therefore butterfly gardens.

29 06 2018
Deborah Weber

Lovely. Visiting historic gardens is fun, but truth told there are very few gardens I don’t enjoy.

8 07 2018
Beth Lapin

Beautiful flowers are wonderful anywhere!

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