These are the images that were not posted on May Dreams Gardens, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. More texture than blooms, with a little color thrown in. Powdery Mildew is on the Monarda, not too uncommon for the weather we have been having. This pink variety is a long bloomer and it gets 15 to 18 inches tall. I have three varieties of Monarda at 664. Petite Delight is the new kid on the block.
Snow Lady is another shorty, at only 10 to 12 inches tall. As with all Shastas, this one will bloom like crazy from summer through fall. I am using it like I would any low growing annual at the garden edge.
Endless Summer performed spectacularly this year. It truly was the year of the Hydrangea.
Hibiscus are known for BIG flowers on a large plant, but Luna White with 7 inch flowers, only reaches a maximum of 36 inches. Right now, being a new plant, it is only 18 inches high. I am waiting to see it’s performance next year.
I have had this plant forever. It comes back reliably even though it is planted in the most horrid of locations, with not enough sun and dry as the Sahara conditions.
Like many of you, I started out with only one plant. In only one season, it seeded the whole bed.
One of my favorite floribundas, the Iceberg rose never disappoints. It blooms from May until December, relatively disease free. The Japanese beetles got to them this year in the front garden, but I went out each night to pick them off. This one, planted in the backyard did not get eaten.
My zebra grass is now looking lovely in flower. Also, it is planted in as bad of conditions in the bed with Rudbeckia and yarrow.
I hope you enjoyed the tour today. There are many other plants in the garden, like coleus and many varieties of hosta, but much of what is in color is the changing leaves.