What’s New In The Front Garden?
Changes in the garden accelerate as we reach mid-summer. Every few days seems to bring something new. Let’s take an overview of the state of the Front Garden.
Here’s the view from the front door. Last year I worried that Culver’s Root ‘Fascination’ (Veronicastrum virginicum) was in decline. However, this year one of the clumps grew back greatly expanded and we had more blue spires than ever before.
The Daylilies have just started to bloom, mainly ‘Eye-yi-yi’ (there really should be some kind of oversight over Daylily cultivar names). But whatever you may think of ‘Eye-yi-yi’ as a name for anything, it’s a highly dramatic flower.
Please notice Borage (Borago officinalis) is now growing in the Driveway Border. I moved some Borage seedlings over from the Herb Bed, which was much harder to do than I expected. It turns out that Borage seedlings are very delicate, especially when exposed to strong sun. I was successful only after the third try, and then only after I covered the seedlings with paper towels during hot afternoons.
We intend to let it seed itself around as it pleases, the dainty blue flowers making a nice contrast to the mostly hot-colored perennials.
The Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is still going strong. This plant has really settled in and there are several substantial and growing clumps. I really love the shape of Milkweed flowers.
The Rose Milkweed (A. incarnata) should be blooming in a few days, but the others have a while yet to go (those are newer plants).
Oh, and the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) has begun blooming. This one looks pretty happy.
The others planted further toward the house are getting squeezed by the spreading perennials – I may not be able to plant the Tithonia back there much longer.
Over on the Left Bank, the Asiatic Lilies have come into bloom. These are the remains of a “naturalizing mix” I planted over 10 years ago. They may have naturalized for a while, but then they went into a slow decline. I need to think about what to do if they disappear altogether. Plant some more, or try something different?
‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is blooming profusely in the Sidewalk Border.
It’s the first of our Monardas to bloom.
Here’s a view of the house from the sidewalk.
I have to close by mentioning that Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ keeps blooming up a storm on what Judy and I like to call the Great Wall of Purple. It makes me happy just to look at those masses of purple blooms.
What’s new and exciting in your garden?