Blooming two weeks ago (travel really messes up my schedule on these!) Just a few pics, as we transitioned from spring to summer. My perennial summer garden takes a while to get going, so it’s a little sparse in mid-June, once the roses are past their first big flush. But there are a few treasures. Names and notes on photos.
Ithuriel’s Spear (Triteleia laxa Benth.) I really love this, and I have just one little plant of it. Want more! Must hunt.
Rosa “The Fairy” — when my roses are finishing their first flush, this sweet tiny rose puts out cascades of flowers that last for weeks.
Annabelle hydrangea, getting ready to pop.
Spiderwort (native). Tends to spread in our gardens, so if you want some, ask around — people will probably let you come dig some up.
Darlow’s Enigma climbing rose is another smaller rose that starts blooming now and continues for weeks.
I have my Darlow’s intertwined over a gate with Jackmanii clematis, one of the hardiest and most reliable clematises I’ve grown. Jackmanii can be cut down to the ground every year — if you don’t, the blooms will appear higher and higher, since it only blooms on new wood. I remember to cut it down once every few years. 🙂
Oakleaf hydrangea — if you’re only going to have one hydrangea, I’d recommend this one — the leaves turn a gorgeous bronze-rust-red in autumn, so you get two full seasons of beauty.
Feverfew. A volunteer in my yard, but it’s so cute, I let it stay. Not a native, I think — it looks quite different than American feverfew / wild quinine.