Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Some winners for the summer of 2014:

Supertunia Bordeaux
This one even out performed Bubblegum in my garden, not as leggy and continues to produce lots of new blooms.
Supertunia Bubblegum
This was in its glory in July, now has few blooms and very leggy.
Suncatcher Petunia Purple Rose
This is one petunia, trailing, outperformed any trailer I have every had!  It is growing with Sweet Caroline Sweet Potato Vine, Calliope Lavender Rose Geranium and Red Pennisetum Grass.

Flame Petunia with Ipomoea Sidekick Black, Verbena Lanai Bright Rose
Combo ordered from Parks as starter plugs

Calibrachoa Superbells Yellow Chiffon
One of the best performers, still going strong in August, not always easy to find.
Caliente Geranium Hot Pink
No deadheading required to set bud, strong grower, can become large enough to trail, withstands the heat.

Whopper Bronze Leaved Dragon Begonia
Angel Wing Dragon Begonia
Coleus Henna
Almost three feet tall and wide
Henna in between the raised bed boxwood bordering the patio, makes quite a statement!

Coleus Redhead
This is one plant!

Sunpatiens Spreading Carmine Red
Trailing habit 20 inches wide, 18 inches high
Sunpatiens Spreading Corona
Planted between Max Frei Geranium
The Sunpatiens were also ordered from Park Seed Company as plugs.  They will flourish in full sun or part shade.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Glorious Blooms

The glorious summer blooms are waning, not that there isn't more to come but not like the crescendo of July.

Bubblegum Phlox
Franz Schubert Phlox
David Lavender
Blooms earlier than the white version, not as mildew resistant as David
Mystery Phlox
This is a very pretty color but came with a grouping of phlox that I no longer have.
Pink Thai Jade
Very prolific phlox, holds flowers a long time, will know soon about rebloom
A later variety of Orienpet Lililes facing more downward than the other varieties.  I bought these in a mixed grouping and they were not labeled.
Dragon Heart Geranium
New this year and love the color but it is on watch for hardiness and flower production.
Chicago Rosy Daylily
July is a big month for the mid season daylilies.
Lady Lucille Daylily
I know when Limelight Hydrangea begins to bloom it makes me think of fall.  It starts out slowly with shades of green, then white, pale pink, rose and finally a winter tan.  This is a hydrangea you can count on to bloom every year.
Little Lime is just as beautiful as Limelight, a little looser and much smaller but with the same beautiful flowerheads.  I replaced the rhodies with these behind the stone wall and I think it was a great decision for four season interest.
Little Lime blooms a little earlier than Limelight, therefore the color change comes earlier.
Rudbeckia Harry Eilers is part of my south side sustainable garden.
Rudbeckia Subtomentosa
Loraine Sunshine Heliopsis with Allium Millennium, Saphire Blue Eyrngium and Chicago Apache Daylily
This area will require a little rearranging as far as height levels, Loraine gets pretty tall and the allium is short.
Millennium Allium
Later, brighter and shorter than Summer Beauty Allium
Summer Beauty Allium with Space Age Daylily
Peek-A-Boo Allium
I haven't seen this in the nurseries, received it as a gift from Roy Diblik's Northwind at Midwest Groundcovers workshop.  I like the color, not quite as bright as Millinium.
The south back border, think I will appreciate that Shenandoah Grass in the winter!
Peek-A-Boo Allium is under the Shenandoah grass.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back At The Pond

I try to make a yearly summer visit to my brother's and sister-in-law's garden which has a main feature, "the pond."

It is a little less clear this year, and we are not sure if the cold winter was the cause.  This is a concrete in-ground pond constructed in the 1930's.  You can see asters in the front (not blooming) and Persicaria Polymorpha in the background.

Capone, the Boston Terrier, is the trooper who guards the pond.
Behind the Persicaria are glass art tiles.

Addie is Barbara's mother and there is a garden dedicated to her.

Addie Branch Smith Daylilies

Faux wreaths encircle containers

Plants in drawers on the deck

The Magellan Zinnias were started indoors from seed and are all around the pond in a variety of colors.
We are on our way out to the front of the house with plantings and vintage milk pails flanking the side door.
Birdhouses have been added to the front planters.
The original pond posting is at the bottom of this blog (2011) with subsequent ones last year, and 2012.