Foundation planting, May 26. This garden hits its peak in late spring, early summer so it will be at its best in another week or two. The Rhody should have been cut back before blooming but since the last two years it has done almost nothing, I couldn't resist. The holly to the right is a monstosity that gets chain sawed down every year and grows like a weed. I hate it.
The same view, 5 days later on May 31. The lighting isn't as good but you can see how the peonies and the dianthus are in full bloom. Sadly, just a few days later, we had torrential downpours (1/2 inch of rain in 20 minutes) and my peonies turned to ugly brown mush.
Peony. Note that pale pink outer petals. I have no idea of the culivar. May 28.
Nepeta faassenii (catmint) just coming into bloom. May 28.
Alchemillia mollis (lady's mantle) in bloom, May 28.
Geranium "Johnson's Blue" (cranesbill) and Dianthus plumarius "Rose du Mai" (pinks). The Dianthus needs to be divided. I'm not sure whether to do it when blooming finishes or wait until the fall. May 27.
Siberian Iris "Forest McCord" . May 31.
I have various columbines (Aquileguia) all planted around my mailbox pole. These are all spring bloomers, all pics were taken May 8th.
This pic is from May 20, this variety is a later bloomer. Both colors are on one plant.
In the upper right is Dianthus in bud and behind the columbine is daffodil folliage.
various annuals, planted in between the Centurea (mountain bluet) and the Achilea (yarrow).
Salvia "May night". Ornamental sage. May 27.
Mailbox garden, pictured from curbside. Dianthus "Bath's Pink", Lobelia "Sky Blue" (this is an annual) and Centurea Montana. The bright red behind the Dianthus is Salvia Coccinea "Lady in Red", perennial over in Texas (the common name is Texas sage), but a tender perennial here in the colder north east.
This tiny plant (about the size of a finger - that's cedar mulch around
it) is an Asclepias (milkweed) on May 20th. They break dormancy very late.