Asticou Azalea Garden

Steve planned a day on the coast for us when we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We took a short cruise to Egg Rock Light House to see wildlife (seal pups…so sweet) and then went to Asticou Azalea Garden. The garden was in full bloom and stunningly beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. It was inspiring. I have a half acre of former market garden space to turn into a perennial garden. We can’t do anything like the azalea garden but it gave me ideas. (We started the day out with a Lobster trip to Egg Rock Light to see wildlife.)

These are a few of the photos I took. Enjoy! Oh! And if you have a suggestion for online perennial garden design courses, please share. I want to create a garden with drastically varying heights so shrubs and a dwarf tree or two are in the mix as well as bulbs, perennials that die back for the winter, food-bearing plants and garden art. I’m sure there will be a family of gnomes and a handful of fairies living in the garden.

Tour The Garden

If you look closely you can see the tall cement steps that allow you to cross the stream without getting wet.

Asticou Azalea Garden, stream, reflecting pond

Asticou Azalea Garden, Reflections in Water

Goodness knows we have more than enough rocks to build a statue or two here. cairn statue, rock statue, Asticou Azalea Garden,

Jack in the Pulpit should grow well in the wet area of the perennial garden. They grow wild here in Maine.Jack in the Pulpit, Asticou Azalea Garden,

I’m looking for Japanese Azalea for our garden. The color is gorgeous and the scent is almost heady. This was my second favorite azalea in the garden.Japanese Azalea, Asticou Azalea Garden,

Something like 95% of the world’s supply of wild blueberries are grown in Washington County, Maine. This is a wild low bush blueberry plant. They’re used to line some of the paths in Asticou Azalea Garden. Asticou Azalea Garden, low bush blueberry

Pink Shells azalea. Asticou Azalea Garden, pink shell azalea

Pinxter Bloom. My favorite. I’m looking for one of these plants.Asticou Azalea Garden, Pinxter Bloom azalea,