Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Joys Of July

In most  gardens July is the crescendo of gardening with our most loved plants putting on a great show.

The borders are full of interest lush with lilies, hydrangeas, heucheras and daylilies
This is also the time of year I look at how certain plants are working.
The mid-late season daylilies are beginning to bloom.  It is now time to cut down the leaves of the earlier varieties.
Daylily Cherry Cheeks

Daylily Space Age
(alternate placement of flowers on stem)

Daylily Chicago Apache
(with Heliopsis Sweet Loraine)

Daylilies, Heliopsis Asahi and Molinia Moorhexe in south border

 Daylily Entrapment
Blooms over a long period of time

Geranium Blue Sunrise
Both Rozanne above and Blue Sunrise are on an Obelisk and have never produced as many blooms when trailing.
Daylily Lady Lucille
Daylily Tetrina's Daughter
A tall later variety, great as a focal point

I always trim down my daylilies when they are done to produce fresh new foliage for the fall.

The Orienpet lilies also have staggered bloom times.

Orienpet Boogie Woogie
Blooms later and long lasting

Orienpet Friso

Orienpet Anastasia

Orienpet Conca d'Or
Earlier but the longest blooming in my garden

Orienpet Lavon
Almost as long blooming as Conca d'Or but taller

Phlox is also part of the July garden but with deadheading can last into fall.

Phlox David Lavender
(later blooming but earlier than white David)

Franz Schubert

Phlox Bubblegum
Phlox Miracle Grace
Unnamed Hot Pink Phlox
(came in the same pot as a named variety)
Unnamed Phlox found in my front border two years ago, left it because it looked like a hybrid
(Supported this year with invisible circles, made a great difference in the growth and number of blooms)
Very long blooming if faded blooms are clipped off
Allium Peek-A-Boo
This is a shorter variety of Summer Beauty.  I have not seen this one on the market yet but it was supposed to come out this year.  I actually think the flower is larger than Summer Beauty.
Phlox Pink Thai Jade
Little Lime Hydrangea is actually blooming earlier than Limelight!
Panicum Shenandoah
Great small grass for the border, can be left up all winter

Sedum Matrona
Earlier blooming  than Autumn Fire and Autumn Joy

Autumn Fire

Many years ago I did not have much to expect from the late summer and fall garden, but now I have many more wonderful plants that I have incorporated into a four season garden!