The Front Garden at the End of July

So we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow, but before we go I wanted to show you what’s going on in the front garden as we stand at August’s front door.


For starters, here are the ‘Summer Beauty’ Alliums in full bloom (A. tanguticum).


There’s a bee frenzy going on all over these blooms. This picture give you a little taste of it. How many bees can you count here?


The ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is still blooming, though some of the flowers are fading a bit.


Another Bee Balm, ‘Purple Rooster’, starts blooming later than ‘Raspberry Wine’. It’s more compact, and I like the color.


In the same genus as bee balm, the prairie wildflower Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) goes well with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).


The butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is almost all gone, but there is still plenty of Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata).


The Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) is at its peak.


The Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is not yet at full stride, but it’s gaining speed.


Here’s a view of the grassy path between the Driveway Border and the Front Island Bed.


And here’s a view of the Driveway Border from the sidewalk. Those are the last of the ‘Conca D’Or’ Orienpet Lilies.

So, you’ll never guess where we are going to tomorrow: Japan. Not a place we ever expected to visit, but Judy is travelling there for work, and it only made sense to take advantage of the opportunity.

I won’t be on the blog much for the next two weeks or so, but I’ll try to post a few pictures while we’re gone. In the meantime, enjoy these days of high summer.

50 Comments on “The Front Garden at the End of July”

  1. Your bee attracting flowers in the front garden look wonderful, I hope some of them will still be blooming when you get back. I would love to see Japanese gardens, and it is a manageable flight from Australia….so I’ll be interested to see your photos. Hope you and Judy enjoy Japan.

  2. I must get me a purple rooster. Handsome dude. Your garden looks so lush. It makes me want to get out there and start planting more and more when I see your pictures. Have a great time in Japan. I hope you and Judy both take lots of pictures and you can share your impressions of that far away place.

  3. I always want Tithonia after I look at your site! I started some seeds this spring, but germination was poor, to say the least. I should have ponied up the $4 a plant a local nursery was charging. There’s always next year, I suppose! It’s a nice collection of Monarda you have, too. I have ‘Pink Supreme’ and it’s almost done, and starting to mildew a bit. The summer Allium is nice too. What an inspiration your garden is, Jason! I hope you and your wife have a great time in Japan and that you get to see lots of gardens!

  4. Jason, I love your garden photos, especially as they really show how tall the garden gets at this time of year! I just added Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ and ‘Purple Rooster’ this year, so I look forward to swaths of color like you have in a few years. Enjoy your trip to Japan!

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, all the way around! I LOVE the ‘Summer Beauty’ Alliums! I just added some last fall and they’re starting to bloom now. They’re not as full and colorful in the (partial) shade, but they still bloom. I’m a little behind your schedule with my shady plants, but similar progress in the sun. Your Cup Plant/Monarda combination is fabulous!

  6. Thank you for the picture of Allium tanguticum. I have some but have always been disappointed with it. I see from your picture that it is because my clump is too small. They come into their own when you have large enough a clump.

  7. I think I like the bee balm as much as those bees. Just lovely. Everything is really thriving for you!
    Japan you say??? Goodness, how interesting. I shall look forward to hearing all about it. Take lots of pics! Have a marvelous trip, safe

  8. Had to smile at your first pix as a UK blogger recently said that Allium Summer Beauty was unfamiliar to her. In this region it’s hard not to trip over Summer Beauty. But what I great plant. I can’t get enough of it. Yours makes quite a statement.

  9. That’s looking stunning Jason, you have so many late-summer flowering plants! We’re beginning to run out of steam for flowers in August. While we’ve yet to make the large herbaceous border, we don’t have many plants that flower later in the year.

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