July is here and in full force. The weather is back to hot and humid with a slight change, we have had rain! The rain is a good thing! Here are some pictures from my garden. The above flower is a flower from the evergreen dogwood 'Empress of China'. This dogwood is outstanding! It has grown about 3 feet in less than two years and is loaded with flowers that have been in bloom for more than six weeks. An outstanding tree any way you slice it.
In the same garden as the evergreen dogwood we find some daylilies hanging out. This area rarely gets sun and is quite dry due to tree roots but is stays fairly green throughout the year.
'Stargazer' lilies are making their presence known. No one can walk to the front door without smelling their heady fragrance.
'Annabelle' hydrangeas are starting to go by now but their show was quite a show due to all of the moisture.
This shot is from my favorite garden. This garden is only about three years old but has filled in nicely. The contrast between the cannas, Joe Pye weed, 'Limelight' hydrangeas and Doublefile viburnums is awesome! I plan to move all of these to the new garden and will keep the set up since the contrasting foliages work so well for me.
This is a new bee balm added last year. Its purple is really a vivid color that works nicely for summer. I need to put some orange or yellow daylilies near by to really make it shine.
Yellow cannas bloom alongside wood sunflowers (Helianthus divaricatus). These sunflowers are just coming into bloom and have made a nice groundcover weed barrier in this small garden which is mostly in the shade all day.
Skullcap (Scutellaria incana) is blooming quite prolifically. The blue is calming in the summer garden.
This is a longer view of my Greenhouse garden (the same one that has the cannas and Joe Pye weed. I planted solely for texture and heights, and it really worked out even better than I had hoped for. Here you have: grasses (blades), sedum (frilly & roundy), peonies (in between) lilies (frilly), cannas (bold), hydrangeas (frilly) all along with some color from the coneflowers. There is a blank area on the right that used to house daylilies. Those daylilies are part of a group of about 150 clumps that I have moved to our new garden.
Here's hoping your July garden is green and growing wonderfully this year....
in the garden....
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