Constellations of clematis at Janet Aaberg Garden

July 17, 2022

Glorious clematis vines greeted us at nearly every garden we visited during last month’s Madison Fling, but Janet Aberg’s garden kicked it up a notch. Thirty-two different varieties of these star-flowered vines grew in his garden, and each seemed to be in full bloom.

These nodding blue clematis greeted us in the sunny back garden.

It’s hard to see in this bright-sun photo, but it’s brightened by a sunflower mural by a garage door over a shed.

A very large purple clematis climbs the side of the building.

Just look at all those flowers!

And here I am proud of two or three of my own clematis vines blooming under the Texas Death Star.

There were also tall delphiniums to admire.

But back to the star of the show, at least for me.

I love them all. And notice the dragonfly perching on the garden ornament in the foreground.

Speaking of garden art, Janet has a fun collection.

I also admired this circular arbor — a moon gate to a pergola-shaded seating area at the center of the garden.

More beautiful clematis

and lilies

These beauties are also widely grown in Madison gardens.

Janet displayed this charming chalk sign to welcome us to her garden. In contrast, another message expressed thanks for including him on the tour. Thank you, Janet, for sharing your delightful garden with us!

Next: Jim Otney and Jay Hathaway’s shady, smile-inducing garden. For a look back at the Allen Centennial Garden, a free public garden on the UW campus, click here.

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