August 15, 2019
I am late in posting these photos from July, but there were some pretty areas last month. Above is the space behind the swing set with chartreuse leaves of 'Diane's Gold' brunnera, lavender flowers on short 'Pearl Deep Blue' campanula, 'Peachy Seduction' yarrow, purple-pink spikes of 'Very Van Gogh' veronica, 'Chantilly Peach' snapdragons, and 'Magical Desire' hypericum berries toward the back along with the last of the butter yellow Digitalis grandiflora foxglove blooms.
A few weeks later the 'Deep Pearl Blue' campanula was mostly done blooming but I had planted more upright 'Beyond Blue' campanula next to the snapdragons. The snapdragons will keep blooming throughout the growing season, although they get rangy and fall over and have to be trimmed occasionally.
Along the front of the swing set, 'Big Smile' daylilies did their thing with 'Rozanne' hardy geranium and 'Ritro' echinops (globe thistle) at back. The thistle plants do look weedy, I suppose, but they grow well despite partial shade and competition from tree roots, and the interesting ball flowers stick around for a long time. They will reseed like crazy if I don't deadhead in time.
On the east side of the house, 'Comtesse de Bouchard' clematis bloomed with a matching 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh' rose and bud spikes of 'Purple Candles' astilbe.
A week later the tall PC astilbes at back were in full bloom with 'Maggie Daley' astilbes in front and 'Cape Cod' hydrangea blooms right behind the bird bath. I have a hard time getting mophead hydrangeas to bloom, so I was excited to see flowers on this second year plant.
The white garden has been less than inspiring lately. 'Ester Reed' daisies at front are always floppy. The 'Annabelle' hydrangea bloomed well but other plants haven't made much of an impact. The white 'David' phlox at right has bloomed for a long time, but the single plant looked lonely. I need to divide it and replant several clumps throughout the bed.
One evening the view of the backyard from the gate featured shades of green and maroon that I liked even without flowers.
Here are 'Millenium' allium plants just starting their long bloom time. As they opened the mauve color became more intense (I'll share more pictures in the next post). This plant is definitely a winner. It leafs out early, grows vigorously, shrugs off pests, and the fountain shape looks great at the front of the garden. It's rated as deer resistant, but pollinators love it. I mean they really love it - on warm afternoons there are dozens of honeybees, butterflies and other little pollinators swarming on the flowers. You might not want to plant it right next to a walkway so no one gets stung as they brush by.
Along the path in the NW corner, 'Visions Red' astilbe bloomed vigorously along with the last violet spikes of 'Caradonna' salvia, 'Summer Beauty' allium, and newly planted 'Sapphire Blue' eryngium (sea holly).
Another perspective on the NW corner reveals 'Blue Paradise' phlox (divided and transplanted last year so it's still small), 'Darwin's Blue' veronica, and a few floppy drumstick alliums.
A final shot of the west garden includes 'Walker's Low' catmint, 'Royal Sunset' lilies, 'Hush Little Baby' daylilies, and 'Early Sunrise' coreopsis.