Raspberry Fields Forever
The most noticeable blooms in the front garden at this moment are those of ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). It’s really dominating the Sidewalk Border.
At 4 feet tall, it makes a sort of low hedge if you let it. Like Bee Balms generally, it likes sun and moist soil. ‘Raspberry Wine’ spreads assertively but not rapaciously. The rich raspberry-red flowers will not allow you to ignore them, however.
The closely related Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), with smaller lavender-colored flowers, is in the same border. It seems, however, that it is losing ground to ‘Raspberry Wine’ in the endless botanical struggle for territory.
Fortunately, there is a very large patch of Wild Bergamot in the Driveway Border, where it is able to hold its own against all competitors. They get a little more shade over there and are not yet blooming.
Here’s a view from the sidewalk.
Stepping up a little closer. I’m quite pleased with how the front door looks to be framed by colorful plants on three sides. Now if I could only get the Clematis to grow across the wall above the door.
Speaking of which, in case you’re wondering, the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is still meeting all my daily requirements for looking at purple stuff.
That’s all for now.