Mid-August Blooms, Part 2
OK, so here are the rest of our garden’s blooms taken this past Sunday.
The Parkway Bed is visually dominated by Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), plus some Brown Eyed Susan (R. triloba) cut very short.
The first cluster of Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’ has begun to bloom among the Rudbeckia. Also, at the bottom of the photo you’ll see some of the tiny white flowers of Calamint (Calamintha nepeta).
Calamint is a plant that is difficult to photograph, but it is beloved by bees. I was warned that it would spread aggressively by seed. This has not come to pass.Like the Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), the Calamint is tormented by Four Lined Plant Bugs early in the season. I suspect that recovering from the bugs deprives the Calamint the energy it needs to spread in its usual way.
Regardless, those tiny white flowers are much beloved by bees.
The Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) is blooming nicely. It’s not really a Petunia, though.
Now here was a happy surprise! A couple years ago I planted three Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corolatta) in the Lamppost Bed. They seemed to vanish. But now here is one plant, at least, blooming and looking perfectly happy. I do hope it spreads itself around.
I first saw this flower at the garden of Pat Hill, author of Design Your Natural Midwest Garden. The foliage has great fall color.
Here is some native Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum) blooming alongside the seed heads of the exotic Allium tanguticum ‘Summer Beauty’. The Praire Onion is leaning about in a rather disordered way.
Though it is a native, I would have to say that Prairie Onion is generally inferior as a garden plant to ‘Summer Beauty’. ‘Summer Beauty’ is more upright and with larger flowers. Both are equally attractive to pollinators.
I’m pleased that a few of the younger Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) are still putting out a few flowers.
The shrub rose ‘Cassie’ is having a new flush of small, white blooms.
After I deadheaded the Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica), it also offered up another round of flowers.
And ‘Sally Holmes’ has sent up some tall arching stems adorned with light pink rose buds.
Most of the asters are biding their time, but two have just begun to bloom. First, Crookedstem Aster (Symphyotrichum prenanthoides).
The other is Big Leaf Aster (Eurybia macrophylla), a plant with gap-toothed flowers that is unfazed by dry shade.
This year I’m conducting an experiment by growing Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis). It seems to be going well, though looks like the peak of bloom happened while we were in Japan.
And finally, here’s our wheelbarrow planter, full of Impatiens of various kinds.
Enjoy the rest of your week!