Monday, May 14, 2012
Hydrangeas, Lilies, and More
This is a very busy month for me and this week is probably going to be the busiest. I need to take a break from blogging for a bit and like I normally do, I will leave you with a few pictures from Tiger Gardens. Above and below is the wonderful 'Husker Red' penstemon in my Northside Shrub Border. This is a fantastic plant that is very versatile, drought tolerant, and tough. Skeeter posted on it here.
Coreopsis 'Domino' was a late addition last fall to my new Yellow Garden in the front yard. Coreopsis is also a very nice drought tolerant and sunny plant. Some varieties do better than others so you must first do your research or experiment with cultivars. Experimenting is what I mainly do though I will tell you I have found that the only threadleaf coreopsis that is tough and lasts is 'Moonbeam'. I never mess with 'Limerick Ruby' or 'Cream Brulee' anymore.
Irises in the pond add a spot of color to contrast nicely with the koi.
My mother's hydrangea is blooming. What a pretty blue!
A couple of late blooming clematis are still strutting their stuff on the arbor entering the backyard.
Gardenias rival sweet bay magnolias and 4 O'clocks for my favorite scent. My friend Naomi gave me this one I grow in a pot on the driveway.
Prickly pears are a great little plant for planting near the road where you don't normally garden but where you want to have interest. These are evergreen and a neat architectural plant.
The nearly two dozen oak leaf hydrangeas are in full bloom along with the mopheads. Next up will be the 'Annabelles', then the paniculatas ('Limelight', 'Pink Diamond', 'Tardiva', 'Phantom', 'Quickfire', and 'PG'). I love hydrangeas!
I saw a squirrel busy in the plum tree so I decided to take a look and see what was so interesting. This year the plum tree is loaded with plums; which the squirrels are quickly devouring. These plums are quite tart but they must be okay with the rodents and I don't really begrudge them eating the plums. Before long this tree will be skeletonized by the Japanese beetles but until then we can all enjoy it.
Spireas are blooming and I really like spiraeas even though they can be invasive and have to be watched.
Finally we close out with oxalis and Asiatic lilies in full bloom in the Front Center Garden. I hope you all are having a super good spring and are staying busy living life....
in the garden....
See ya soon...
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