Garden in early…

Garden in early June:

Zephirine Drouhin, starting to go nuts. It's only going to get better from here.

I'm not sure how visible this is, but I'm liking the purples and reds together. With green, of course. Salvia, rose, irises, peonies.

I just picked up these delphiniums; oh, I hope they come back next year. I love the intensity of the purples and blues, and the way the colors fade into each other.

I ended up going with cleome for the center of the planter; I had a pink one last year that did really well for me through the heat of Chicago summer.

Oops, can't remember what this is called. It showed up in my yard last year, and is now twice as big as last year. Am curious to see what it does.

Okay, so I have a question. I planted a few irises this year, and they said to space them out, so I did, and they're blooming, but just one bloom per bulb. Will there be more in the future? Will they turn into a clump?

Will try to remember to come back and name these irises. From Old House Gardens.

Centaurea, a new perennial in my yard. I'd like to add the blue version at some point, but they didn't have it at the nursery.

More delphinium, this time in more delicate colors.

First peony!

The front border is finally starting to look like it's supposed to. Another year or two for everything to fill out, a few more plants in there, and I think it'll be great.

Similarly, at least part of the shade garden is getting to where it's supposed to be. The ubiquitous hostas, of course, but also ferns (lady-in-red and Japanese painted), Jack Frost brunnera, tall meadow rue (lavender mist, I think), mugwort, toad lily, heuchera, Spanish bluebells, scilla, grape hyacinth, bleeding heart, columbine, and Jacob's ladder. Whew!

2 thoughts on “Garden in early…”

  1. My experience with irises has been that they spread like crazy, and you will get more blooms as the patch grows. In a few years you may be digging up irises that are trying to take over the neighbouring plants’ space.

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