It has been a great summer, with a bit of rain and cooler temperatures. The garden weekly update has been delayed due to all the garden walk gardens I have been showing. There are quite a few more on the way, from a unique herb garden to daylilies, to more gardens from Garden Walk Buffalo. Take a leisurely scroll through the images in my garden with all the colorful pairings of plants.
Check out what I have that is paired with phlox in the front garden. Next year the phlox should be well filled out and almost to the height of the Perovkia. The daylilies should double in size also. The removal of the concolor made more space for new plantings.
The Front Garden
I do leave many perennials standing in dead stalks because one, they self seed like Delphinium and Foxglove, and the other reason is there has been a lot of songbirds taking advantage of the plants going to seed.
The salvias rested through a bit of the summer heat, then came back strong for the bees.
In the gallery below, you can see I have Anise Hyssop, Salvia, Veronica, Verbena, and above, the Perovskia. Any guesses which one is the leader for the bees in late summer? I won’t even add Caryopteris in this group because you all know that plant leads the pack every year. Which one takes second place? I bet you are wrong on both counts. The goldenrod is soon to bloom and it gets very few pollinators compared to the plants listed above.
The side and back gardens.
Has there been too much of my garden this year? I always debate doing posts on it for fear readers will tire of all the minor changes I make each year. I raise a lot of plants for garden sales and even client properties, so you will see changes happening as I remove or add plants to meet these purposes. The many specialty daylilies are for our plant sale and will be thinned each year. I have different varieties of phlox, monarda, hosta, iris, lilies, and coneflower that also get sent to the plant sale. The odd double Pink Poodle Coneflower is in the gallery below. I may show the varieties of these various plants in another post. Last year I even sent boxwood to the sale. With all the places my plants go, sometimes I feel like I have a nursery here rather than a home garden. It is one reason I show it infrequently.
The white phlox is just starting to bloom. Another week and it will be open and full. It is always delayed because it sits under the pear tree in much shade. Boxwood fronts it and the area always remains dry, not particularly to the liking of phlox. Here it is just starting to flush.
I will be moving some to the front garden next year to join all the pink phlox. Much of the front garden is new planting since the concolor was removed. By next year it will be a riot of color when plants fill in, similar in fullness to the Rudbeckia in the side garden below. It is hard to believe that garden has other plants, but spring it starts to fill up with iris, sundrops, yarrow and more. Echinacea is also in that bed at this time of year.
See the bees in late summer on Nature and Wildlife Pics. It gives you a sense of the variety of bees and on what they are feeding.