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Gardens for Annual New River Valley Garden Tour 2018

The Brilliant Garden : 1501 Trillium Lane, Blacksburg

A gentle front slope surrounded by well-landscaped borders hints at what's to come behind this stately house. Thoughtfully planned and beautifully tended, the whole garden bursts with exuberant color in hundreds of annuals against a varied background of perennials, shrubs, and trees, such as Dragon Lady hollies and crape myrtles. A pergola features climbing hydrangeas, while the curve of the patio beneath it is repeated in the elegant beds bordering the lawn. Groupings within these beds mix height, color, and texture intriguingly, the result of eight years of constant planting, transplanting, and rearranging. One corner anchors a veggie/fruit garden, and an unusual night-blooming cereus resides on the patio. But the owners' favorite flowers-hundreds of zinnias, all coaxed from seed-carry the day for color.

These photos are of the gardens in late summer and fall.