We all have our favorite places in our gardens: a view that charms us, a special spot to sit and survey our work or a pleasant stroll through beloved plants. This old bench was a favorite of mine before the ice storm. I could sit under the big elm in the shade, relax and look at the beauty around me. It is still a special place but without the elm, the sun has done amazing things. All the plants, hellebores, asters, daylilies, and shrubs, have grown bigger than ever. Now I view it from a distance because the flowers have claimed my special place. I’ve decided that’s not such a bad thing. See you in the garden.
Today’s garden pix show off nature’s and daylily hybridizers’ work in new forms. The Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta var. angustifolius) in my butterfly garden produced a rare double-decker bloom. These are the blooms that horticulturists like to clone and introduce to the market. It seems everything double is popular. The second picture is of a daylily of unknown name that has the UFO form. It is more irregular than a spider. I really like UFOs. Their flowers are huge, some are 10-12 inches across.
The bright red daylily is a new spider form unknown. Its rich red color is so striking next to the yellow throat. Even the backs of the petals are bright yellow, so it was a surprise when it bloomed red. I like surprises. See you in the garden.
In the largest pot I combined a perennial heuchera ‘Citronelle’ with purple wave petunias for contrast. Single plants were used in the smaller pots: Peek-a-boo, Spilanthes and green Oxalis. These will look good all summer. The heuchera may be planted in the ground in the fall. The oxalis is a house plant. Petunias and Spilanthes are annuals.
Grouping ceramic pots that are glazed on the inside and outside is attractive and the pots can be reused season after season.