Early July Garden 2009

Cottage Garden

Campanula (bell flower) Kent Belle and Nepeta x faassenii Blue Wonder (catmint). July 3. The Campanula was eaten almost to the ground last year by deer.

Salvia (sage) nenerosa Rose Queen. July 3. Newly planted. Not doing that well, not sure it will survive.

Campanula close-up. July 3.

Heuchera (coral Bells) Frosted Violet July 3

Ernygium Planum (sea holly). July 12.

Front view from the left. July 12.

My peony with a viscious case of fungus. I'll likely cut it to the ground. July 12.

Cottage Garden

Aster x fritartii "Monch". July 3. The earliest this plants has ever bloomed by close to 2 weeks.

Plumbago auriculata (cape leadwort). A tropical plant, so not hardy here. I can't resist that gorgeous blue color. July 3.

Nemesia (which was already dying on me, as you can see) and Geranium cinereum Ballerina. The geranium is new this year. July 3.


Rudbeckia hirta (black eyed Susan) Tiger Eye Gold and Centranthus ruber (Jupiter's Beard). Hirta tends to be annual here but this seeds enough that that shouldn't be an issue. July 14.

Annual Salvia (sage).

Platycodon grandiflorum "Sentimental blue" (balloon flower). July 7.

Miniature rose. This plant has been blooming since June. July 3.

Asters and Plumbago, July 12.

Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold (yarrow), Centirea montana (mountain bluet), Platycodon grandiflorus "Sentimental blue" (balloon flower) July 14

Penstemon Violet Dusk. A bargain from Lowes. Needs excellent drainage so it might not overwinter. July 14.

Centurea montana (mountain bluet), Delpinium grandiflorum Summer Nights, miniature roses. July 14.

Verbena bonariensis (verbena on a stick). A number of years ago, I planted three of these. It's not hardy up here but seeds freely, so I always have a bunch coming up in random locations. July 12.

Butterfly garden

Sedum Purple Emperor (stonecrop) and Coreopis verticillata Zagreb (tickseed). The sedum is blooming very early. July 3.

Coreopsis and Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow (butterfly weed). The Asclpeias is not exactly as yellow as advertised. July 3.

Asclepias close up. July 3. This has taken close to 4 years to establish and take off.

Ecinacea Magnus with its first bloom. July 3.

Yellow and white snapdragon. July 7. All of the snapdragons you see seeded from last year. There are advantages to not deadheading (last year due to work) and not mulching (this year due to illness). You get a lot unexpected nice surprises.

Pink snapdragon. July 7. These are all rocket snapgragons.

Veronica Tickled Pink. This was just planted this year. July 7.

sedum, coreopsis and asclepias. Towards the top left, a snapdragon is visible. July 7.

Gaura lindheimeri  Passionate Rainbow (wand flower). Newly planted this year. Needs exceptional drainage, so  it might not overwinter. July 7.

Monarda didyma Raspberry Wine. Two years ago, this plant was devestated by the horsemint moth and I lost every bloom. This year, the plant is back, stronger than ever. It likes moist soil, so it appreciated the very rainy June we had. July 14.


Back view of the butterfly and cottage garden. July 14.

The gardens from the street. July 14.