Ava Middleton is a garden writer and garden coach who maintains a cottage garden on a small lot in historic Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. Her postage-stamp front cottage garden is an ever-changing tapestry, taking on new characteristics each season. Her garden Zone is 7B. She is an avid plant collector and is a featured garden writer for The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. She is a member of The Garden Writer's Association and travels to visit gardens whenever possible. Some of her favorite plants include hydrangeas, heucheras and long-blooming perennials, such as salvia and coreopsis.

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Garden Surprises   (2 comments)

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Garden Surprises
by Ava Middleton - posted 03/19/13


There are often surprises in the garden: lady bugs landing on you and a guest, birds nesting in your yard, the first hummingbird of the year or a plant ununexpectantly bursting into bloom. My very large rosemary bush had only bloomed sporadically in the past with a few insignificant blooms here and there along the stems. It really surprised me this year with a fabulous display of bluish-purple blooms over the entire plant. I have always had a great appreciation of my rosemary bush for its evergreen contribution to my front garden, not to mention the wonderful fragrance and that I can share it with all of my neighbors for their culinary use. But the magnificent display of blooms at a time when not much else is blooming in the garden? Amazing.



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jillnichols (Cleveland Tennessee) - 06/14/2013

how pretty and I believe the smell in gorgeous. will try some in my
patio containers.
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ScottyD - 01/24/2015

Dear Ms. Middleton.... Love your blog! Please come see our Cottage Garden in Chattanooga....We will be on the Tri-State Rose Tour on May 16-17....and have a historic cottage garden with antique roses and all sorts of heirloom perennials....maybe a garden you would like to write about.... I am a landscape designer.... see www.Dreamgardensusa.com for my website and portfolio. Thanks!
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