May 18, 2018
Midway on the Color Crescendo
The best color in the garden will happen over the next month (and maybe again in August/September, if my dahlia dreams come true), but pretty combos are starting to appear around the garden. Above are 'Margarita' and 'Black Hero' double tulips.
'Black Hero' is such a fascinating color. It looks maroon up close and in some types of light, and then it looks truly black at other times of the day. It's also very long blooming, even though it opens at the end of tulip season. Above it contrasts with an 'Early Emperor' allium, 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia, Euphorbia polychroma and 'Totally Tangerine' geum in the background.
I finally planted some 'Purple Sensation' alliums last fall, and the purple color is fabulous! It also opens early in the allium season. This cultivar is inexpensive to buy but is a valuable addition in the garden.
Here's one more shot of 'Black Hero' in the black and white garden area. 'Blue Mist' fothergilla is blooming in the midground, and the annuals in my broken fountain are sporting new growth.
A newly planted 'Mai Tai' geum perfectly echoes the spring leaf colors of my 'Peach Sorbet' dwarf blueberry bush in the background.
'Banana Daiquiri' geum is blooming for the first time in a soft butter yellow.
Another striking harmony came from 'Axcent Blue' aubrieta and a saxifrage, cultivar name unknown. This photo is from over a week ago.
In the front yard, my 'Coral Supreme' peonies are about to bloom. This photo is from around a week ago and shows the new support ring I installed this year. I used this large Essex Support on three of my biggest peony plants, and I'm happy to note that they've grown to hide the metal and are staying beautifully upright for the first time.