Sunday, June 14, 2015

Anticipating The Crescendo

I always think of June as the month of the Roses, but if you don't have any roses, then there is a small lull.  Oh, I do have many things blooming but certainly nothing like July.  The early flowering shrubs are beautiful.

Ninebark Summer Wine
Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls
Tor Spirea
Weigela Wine and Roses
The clematis begin to make themselves known in May and June with the Type II's the first to appear.

Ville De Lyon
This one can be pruned as a Type II or a Type III.  It does better for me treating it as a Type II and just pruning it lightly in the spring.
 Rouge Cardinal With Henryi
I like mixing the types because of the extended bloom times of later Clematis.  Henryi was supposed to bloom first with much larger blooms (Type II) but the rabbits ate it to the ground so it is blooming at the same time as the Type III.
Hagley Hybrid
This is one of my favorites and will do better in part shade because of its light pink color.
This is my mystery Type II right now because the tag is somewhere under the foliage.
I didn't mean to imply that June can be boring, but when I see all of the plants that are getting ready to burst forth, it's mind boggling!
Green is a must to add background to the coming crescendo.
Amsonia Hubrechtii Northwind Select
I always cut down to six inches so it becomes a much less floppy plant for the beautiful fall color.
Lady Fern
The Lady Ferns will take quite a bit of sun.
Interrupted Fern
Hosta Dancing Queen
Hosta Buttercup
Hosta June
As you can see green can be great, but I am still waiting for July!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring At Gatsbys Gardens

It has been a cool spring so far this year.  Sometimes this is a good thing as the blooms stay around much longer than when it heats up.

Spring containers have become easier to achieve with potted forced daffodils, pansies, pussy willows and faux forsythia.  The bulbs can be replanted in the garden to bloom again next year.
Fortissimo is one of my favorites, great impact from a distance
Itzim Daffodil With Blue Delft Hyacinth
Marieke Daffodil
A tinge of green in the pale yellow, long lasting
Interrupted Fern
So primitive looking as it unfurls
There are Hellebores that look up and out but this isn't one of them!
Magnolia Stellata
Amelanchier Regent
This one grows only about four feet high.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter At Gatsbys Gardens

I don't normally take many photos of my winter garden unless it is covered in snow.  However, this year, we have not had any snow except for a dusting.

I love the look of a four-season garden without the snow and the many variations of color and texture.

There is a great deal of color with the greens, browns, tans and reds in the front border.

Azalea Karen has darker leaves in the winter but they add a richness to the border.
Amsonia Hubrechtii Northwind Select
The Chanticleer Pear is just beginning to lose its rich brown leaves.
The Liriope beneath the pear tree stays green most of the winter and it looks lovely when there hasn't been any snow.
Hydrangea Limelight is a star in the winter landscape.  I left most of the blooms on this year because it was so full in the summer.
Many heuchera keep their color in the winter such as this one, Southern Comfort.
Pennisetum Hameln is a great border grass for winter interest, does not flop or mat.
The Type II Clematis Henryi might just survive this winter, I mean survive the rabbits who cut it to the ground when there is more than a few inches of snow, very small flowers if cut down.
I left up the Miscanthus Udine again this year because it looks so good especially if there is not a heavy snow.  This is not a grass that pops back up like Northwind after the snow melts.
The border of Green Velvet Boxwood along the patio always brightens up the garden!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Fall Color Is Not Just About The Trees!

My goal has been to create a four season garden in a three season climate.  Obviously, I am not going to succeed in regard to blooming plants in the winter but if carefully planned there can still be color.

The trees are a given for beautiful fall color but there are many perennials, grasses and shrubs that are stunning in both the fall and winter.

Azalea Karen
This is one of the hardiest azaleas in colder climates and also evergreen through the winter.  However, as you can see, it turns a beautiful red in the fall and deepens into a rust color for the winter never giving up its leaves.

 Ninebark Summer Wine
This shrub has many faces, deep burgundy in the spring with white flowers, lighter burgundy in the summer and then bright red to almost black before it loses its leaves.  In the winter it has a peeling gray bark.
Dwarf Fothergilla Gardenii
This is one of my favorite shrubs, almost looks unreal the colors it turns in the fall, white bottlebrush type flowers in the spring.
Mt. Airy Fothergilla
This is just a taller version of the dwarf and seems to turn color a little later.
Itea Little Henry's Garnet
Itea is a shrub that many times keeps its leaves all winter, white flowers in late spring.
Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls
Tor Spirea

Hydrangea Little Lime
Little Lime keeps its blooms all winter and looks great peeking out behind the evergreens.
Hydrangea Limelight
This is the larger variety and also will retain its flowers all winter.  They do turn to a tan color but still very attractive.
Hydrangea Starlight Let's Dance
Not all hydrangeas have great fall leaf color but this one does!
Amsonia Blue Ice
Many Perennials also light up the fall season with their colors.
Amsonia Hubrechtii Northwind Select
Variegated Solomon's Seal
Sedum Matrona
Heuchera Pinot Gris
These are a few of the many heucheras that stay colorful during the winter looking wonderful when they peek out of the snow.
Heuchera Southern Comfort
Heuchera Berry Smoothie
Miscanthus Udine
Panicum Shenandoah
Panicum Northwind 
Many of the grasses can be left up over the winter, even the above Miscanthus because it is less arching than other varieties.  The Panicums do well, popping right back up when the snow melts.
Green is also a great look for the winter so do not ignore evergreens and groundcovers that hold their color.