The garden in Spring really has a pastel feel with all the lavender, pink, blues and yellows. Summer gives way to more color with splashes of red. I have photos of late Spring to show the pops of purple when the iris break and fold right into the soft colors of the lilies.
Let’s run through the Spring blooms first, then off to late Spring into Summer and watch the main bed burst with color. In case you missed the previous tours…
I got a request to note all the plants that bloom and show the beds as they progress through the seasons. In this post you will see the one bed transition through the seasons. I will try to note the other beds through the coming year.
The mess leads to the Allium opening.
Right now, below, they are still pretty tight in bud. I will miss them again this year as I travel. See the lilies, Monarda and iris foliage in the bed above? The three small Hydrangea are just leafing out.
The Forget-me-nots will be gone in no time but set seed for next year. They are like garden weeds the rest of the year.
Even though many plants are just starting to bud, the garden is never without some color.
Note also the tightly budded Allium inside the boxwood bed.
Oh, and a word on boxwood. See the tiny flowers? They support a few small bees and butterflies very early in the season (mid April). Too many think them “pointless’ plants in the landscape, but they have much value. They are very useful as drought tolerant plants keeping other plants’ roots cooled and moist in hot summer weather. They do this by shading the place where they grow. It is how I have happy Hydrangea in this bed in full sun.
Like in nature, all the small ephemeral flowers are blooming. The violets and Violas, the ferns unfurl, and tiny becomes big with time.
The tiny Hosta is up too. They only get inches tall.
Late Spring the Iris tower. The chives are blooming below, but are in tight bud currently. I use the fresh leaves daily in cooking.
Below, the iris burst forth.
Below, the peonies open just a week later. You can see the lilies pushing through. The iris and lilies over-lap a bit but I didn’t find the photos with them doing it.
The lilies follow in the footsteps of the Iris with Cleome closing in for Fall. The lilies carry from late Spring through late Summer because I have Asiatic, Martagon, Oriental, and Orienpet.
Late Summer brings the Cleome Señorita Rosalita that engulfs the bed. The small Hydrangea are blooming too. You can also see the Iceberg Roses bloom again after a short nap.
I hope you enjoyed the changing faces of the garden. If I get some time this year, I might walk you through the design by taking more photos and explaining the changes more thoroughly.
Oh, and I know that bench needs stain, but I just might paint it blue some day to go with my big blue ceramic pots.
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