The A2Z Mom Garden

Early June 2011 - June 1 - June 10

Foundation Garden

June 7

June 7 - Iris Sibirica 'Forrest McCord' (Siberian iris). Due to extreme heat, bloom period was very short.

June 7 - Salvia x sylvestris 'Rose Queen'. Ornamental sage.

June 7 - Nepeta x faassenii (catmint). Blooms almost the entire summer, a very easy care plant

June 7 - Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' (cranesbill) - a true perennial geranium as opposed to the geraniums commonly sold in nurseries

June 7 - Campanula 'Birch Hybrid' and Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' (coral bells). The heuchera had some sun scorch, it's planted in a bit too much sun. The Campanula was planted last year and has really taken off.

June 7 - Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'. I bought this last year as a small plant, so I'm pleased to see how it has filled in. The color of the blooms are supposed to be blue in the morning turning more violet as the day goes on.

June 7 - This was a small Stokesia seedling that I moved to this garden. I'll likely move it to a location that gets more sun although it isn't doing badly.

Cottage Garden

June 7 - Plumbago auriculata 'Monott' (cape leadwort) and Centaurea montana (mountain bluet)

June 7 - Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'. The black calyxes make the flowers really stand out.

June 7 - minature rose. The flowers have been extremely large this year.

June 7 - Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' peeking out between daffodil leaves

June 7 - Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood' and Salvia 'Eveline'. The Penstemon was planted late last year. I got it from Home Depot.

June 7 - Salvia nemorosa 'Plumosa'. Bought last year from Bluestone. In the background is Lychnis coronaria (rose campion) getting ready to bloom and Salvia 'Eveline'.

June 7 - Geranium 'Patricia'. I bouth this from Lazy S'S lastyear. I wound up paying a lot of money because shipping costs were quite high for a single plant. I worried if it would return but as you can see, it's coming along nicely.

June 7 - Salvia Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night' and Achillea 'Coronation Gold', These are the oldest two plants in this garden, planted ten years ago.

June 7 - The cottage garden as seen from the driveway.

The Red and Yellow Garden (formally the butterfly garden)

June 7 - Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube'  (Stoke's aster) and Hylotelephium 'Purple Emperor'. They renamed this branch of Sedum to Hylotelephium, whch I will never remember. The more sun, the darker the leaves.

June 7 - Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' (Texas salvia). Not hardy here.

June 7 - Veronica spicata 'Tickled Pink' .

June 7 - Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'. Low growing, this spreads a bit each year.

June 7 - Heuchera 'Fire Chief'. Fantastic color on this plant. I bought this at Well-Sweep Herb Farm this year. This is a 2010 introduction from Terra Nova Nursery,

The Gold and Orange Garden
This garden was several years in the making. Two years ago I pulled out all tye juniper bushes that were accroos from my house. I then overlaid the beds with cardboard and newspaper and began layering organic materials. Two years later those materials have broken down and the beds are full of worms.

June 7 - Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’  (globe flower). Closely related to buttercups, this is a shade plant.

June 7 - Polygonatum odoratum var. thunbergii 'Variegatum' (varigated Solomon's seal). An extremely pretty shade plant, this was purchased from Bluestone.

June 7 - Hosta 'Pneapple Upside Down Cake'. This is the first time I've gown Hostas. This was a small start from Bluestone and it's really taking off. I'm spraying fairly often to keep the deer away.

June 7 - Viola cornuta 'Chantreyland' (horned violet). Whenthis arrived from Bluestone, I was ceratin it wasn't going to live, but you can see that it has rebounded.

June 7 - Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Golden Mop' - This is a false cypress. It's actually a conifer not a shrub. I'll prune it to keep it this size and shape.

June 7 - This new bed is a little over 30 feet in length and is divided into three sections. This is the rightmost portion. in full sun. Most of the plants are small starts, they should fill in by next year.