The Front Garden In The Thursday Morning Sun

The light was so perfect Thursday morning that Judy was inspired to grab her camera on her way out the door and take a few pictures. I know I just did a post on Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), but look how the yellow flowers are luminous in the sun.

Yellow Coneflower, Joe Pye Weed
Yellow Coneflower in the sunlight with Joe Pye Weed in the background.

Yellow Coneflower

Here’s the grassy path that separates the driveway border from the island bed in the front yard.

Anise Hyssop, Swamp Milkweed, Cup Plant
Anise Hyssop and Swamp Milkweed on either side of a grassy path.

Viewing the front island bed from the sidewalk, over the heads of the Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) and Wild Bergamot (M. fistulosa). The Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) grew really tall this year, next year I should remember to cut it back.

Swamp Milkweed, Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot
Swamp Milkweed in the back, Bee Balm and Wild Bergamot in the foreground.

Wild Bergamot is so often unfairly ignored in favor of its flashier cousin, Bee Balm.

Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot

The first Orange Coneflowers (Rudbeckia fulgida) to bloom are by the driveway. That’s Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea) behind the Rudbeckia. It’s hard to tell that the Cigar Flower is in a container.

Orange Coneflower, Cigar Flower
Orange Coneflower with Cigar Flower to the rear.

I like the combination of Wild Bergamot and Early Sunflower ‘Prairie Sunset (Heliopsis helianthoides). ย This picture also shows how nicely the foliage has returned on the Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) after I cut it back.

Wild Bergamot, Early Sunflower 'Prairie Sunset', Wild Bergamot, Cup Plant, Sweet Joe Pye Weed
Wild Bergamot with Heliopsis ‘Prairie Sunset’

Oh and by the way, the Morning Glories (Ipomoea tricolor) ย have FINALLY taken and are climbing up the tutuer. I suppose we should get actual flowers in August. Better late than never.

Morning Glory Vine
Morning Glory Vine climbing tutuer.

Have you been challenged by the harsh summer light in your garden?

58 Comments on “The Front Garden In The Thursday Morning Sun”

  1. Morning glories are one of those annuals you only have to plant once :).

    I find harsh summer light a challenge most when I visit other gardens. In my own I can choose to take photos in the early morning or evening although it seems like I can never capture illumination as well as Judy did in this series. Nice!

  2. Oh, I agree about the Wild Bergamot! It looks fantastic in your garden! We went hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park to day, and it was growing like crazy–the scent was almost overpowering. The Bergamot, mixed with Rudbeckias, Sunflowers, and Cup Plant Blooms was so pretty. Beautiful photos, Judy!

  3. Your garden is spectacular. I have the hardest time growing swamp milkweed. It seems to want more moisture than I can ever give it. What’s your secret? Meanwhile, the orange milkweed reseeds with abandon across my gardens, which I don’t really mind. I agree with you about the chipmunks. By next year they’ll probably be in cahoots with the bunnies and I’ll be on the verge of insanity.

    • I have the opposite situation. Swamp milkweed grows like a weed here, while the butterflyweed will grow, but must be coaxed along patiently. By the way, one of the nurseries here was carrying a bunch of Indian Pink late in the season and, thinking of your garden, I bought a whole bunch. They seem to be settling in fine despite being planted in July.

  4. Morning is a great time to get some photos. I like anything tall and am interested in your Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). How tall does it get? I would also like to add some Wild Bergamot. I think the purple color would look so much better than the fire engine red variety alone side my phlox and would a better companion to the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm.

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