Now the blooms are just emerging and here's a peek of the show that is beginning to blossom.
A favorite in my summer gardens is Monarda, or Bee Balm. Behind the red bee balm is a new favorite grass, Panicum virgatum 'Rostrahlbusch'. It has gorgeous red tips and it's providing a lovely backdrop. In the distance is Solidago, or Goldenrod. I try to put bee, bird and butterfly attracting plants in my summer ornamental flower gardens. And it's paying off..the butterflies are visiting!
In the front gardens, Asiatic Lilies are blooming as the Rudbeckia's blooms emerge. Usually the lilies are done by the time my rudbeckia's are blooming. In this pairing, white lily with I think, Cherokee Sunset rudbeckia.
|Indian Summer Rudbeckia is my all time favorite Rudbeckia.|
Now, mind you, keeping my rudbeckia's alive through the spring takes quite a bit of work. These guys are a favorite food of slug and can quickly be demolished. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have ALOT of slugs..thus.. I celebrate these blooms.
And finally, I am so excited to see blooms from my Cityline Paris hydrangea. I've had this poor plant for two years. It failed to thrive where it was originally place (my fault..it was too much sun) and nearly burnt to a crisp..now, after being moved to a shady corner in my front gardens it is burst with color. I had purchased the plant post blooms so this is the first time I've seen it's true color. Gorgeous.
What are your favorite early summer blooms?