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A Real Showstopper: A Colorful Country Garden

A costume artist brings her talent for dressing the stage to a colorful country garden in Lawrence, Kansas.



Susan Rendall’s lush front yard offers a glimpse of the abundance of her 5-acre farm. Drifts of pink shrub roses, purple penstemon and lavender accent a wide range of foliage.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Susan “casts” her gardens with flashy stars—such as this astilbe—surrounded by supporting characters.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
A rustic garden bench backed by tall cannas provides an inviting place to sit and take in the rich garden scenes.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
A large archway built from cattle panels and planted with clematis offers a dramatic transition from cultivated gardens to prairie.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Archways are a recurring theme in Susan’s gardens.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Blazing red crocosmia, yellow day lilies and orange rudbeckia create a bold palette.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Susan chooses plants in different shades of one color to create unity and interest.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Shapely monarda ‘Jacob Kline’ provides strong color and structure.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Tall red hot pokers top lower-growing lavender.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
A path meanders through beds of flowers and foliage, leading guests to the fields beyond.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Pretty clusters of purple pulmonaria lend softness to the garden.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
These yellow spider-type day lilies burst out among a similar-color backdrop thanks to differing textures.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Puffs of Annabelle hydrangeas bloom amid deep green autumn clematis foliage.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
The bright orange stamen of foxtail lily provide a burst of color in one of Susan’s white gardens.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
A pergola built with 4-by-4 posts supports a mesh screen over Susan’s shade garden.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Doug and Susan Rendall
Photo By Diane Guthrie











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