Favorite Garden Spots

garden bench with St. John's Wort shrub

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.

Spiders, UFOs and Double-deckers

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.

Container Plantings

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.