Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Gardens in July
Crocosmia that was stuffed in a very inhospitable place due to non-performance. The joke was on me when it bloomed so wonderfully this summer.
Front Foundation Garden right side. This side is in flux due to the movement of several perennials which were replaced with mophead hydrangeas. It will take a year or two to see the big picture but wow when the hydrangeas mature.
A front island bed (Mahonia Garden). I like the textures and the toughness of this bed.We are looking toward the road. This view is from the house and not visible from the road.
Front Foundation Bed left side.
Rear Sidewalk Garden looking toward the house. There is another picture from another angle below.
Zinnias and 'Sandra Elizabeth' daylily in the Sunny Perennial Bed.
More of the Sunny Perennial Bed looking into the vegetable garden. Cucumbers are growing on the A-frame in the background. In the foreground are shasta daisies, white phlox and nicotiana.
Zinnia with a friend in the Sunny Perennial Bed. In the background you can see the pink 'Knockout' rose. It has been 'knocked out' by Japanese beetles. If there is one bad thing to say about the knockouts it is that Japanese beetles simply feast upon these roses.
A sweet yellow gladiolus and orange cosmos in the foreground in the Sunny Perennial Bed. I did not notice all the ants prior to taking the picture.
Rear Sidewalk Garden looking west away from the house. I should've posted this picture next to the fifth picture in this post so you could compare just how different the two sides of the garden are here. Island beds are a neat animal; especially when conditions on all sides are different. In this case of this bed some parts get lots of sun and some don't. The basic principle is to plant tall plants in the center and then layer out from there. In my case I used a shrub, an ornamental grass, and a crepe myrtle for anchors then filled in the rest of the bed with perennials such as cannas, mums, baptisia, veronica, turtlehead, pink ladies. brown eyes, a cryptomeria, sedums and miscellaneous other perennials. This bed is well established and working for me-til next year:)
Phlox and cleome on the outskirts of the vegetable garden.
A big picture of the end of the vegetable garden with its adjoining Sunny Perennial Bed...
Looking across the Sunny Perennial Border to the Goldfish Garden where one of two glass mosaics reside.
Most daylilies have gone by but there are a few late bloomers holding on. I adore daylilies and wish I had room for more but I am pretty well filled up now.
Lastly a picture of the east end of the Sunny Perennial border. The pineapple sage has not yet come into its glory but provides a nice green next to the mophead hydrangea. This summer is passing by all too quickly. In less than three weeks my son will be back in school for his last year of high school. My, where does the time go....
in the garden...?
More July Garden pictures coming Wednesday.
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