Late June 2012 - June 24th

Foundation Garden

Front of the garden.

Side view of the garden.

Verbena bonariensis (purpletop vervain). Much loved by bees and butterflies. Not hardy here, but it seeds so profically that I have always have plants coming up everywhere. Fortunately, they're easy to yank.

Cottage garden

Campanula 'Kent Belle'. This supposedly is a sterile plant, but this plant was a reseed from the one in the foundation garden three years ago.

Veronica longifolia 'Eveline' (speedwell), Lychnis coronaria (rose campion).

The cottage garden from the driveway side, toward the back. I have no idea what the large plant is behind the campanula; I'm taking a wait and see attitude.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors'. This was planted late last season and has returned as a huge, gorgeous plant.
 
 

Snapdragon.

The front of the cottage garden. It's looking a bit ragged this year.

The Butterfly Garden

Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube' (stokes aster).

Hylotelephium 'Purple Emperor' (formally the genus was sedum), Veronica 'Tickled Pink' (spike speedwell), Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' (tickseed), Petunia 'Wave Red', Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'. This is the front of the butterfly bed, left side as seen from the street.

Buddleia davidii 'Summer Beauty' (butterfly bush). Due to the unseasonably warm weather in March, it's blooming very early. Additiionaly, it's extremely wide this year because it didn't get cut back in the spring.

The front right end of the butterfly garden. Ascledpias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow', Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (Eastern porple coneflower), Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine' (bee balm) just beginning to bloom, Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' (coral bells).


 

Ipomoea sloteri (cardinal climber) and

Gold and Orange Garden

Chrysanthemum 'Golden Regards' and Kniphofia 'Alcazar' (torch lily).

Close up of Kniphofia 'Alcazar'. This plant make an incredible statement and everyone who sees the garden asks about it.

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' (tickseed) and Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle).

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Golden Mop' (Japanese false cypress). This is a small shrub.

The middle of the bed.

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Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' (coneflower) and Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed).

The middle of the bed from a different angle.

Geum 'Totally Tangerine' (avens) and Agastache mexicana 'Acapulco Orange' (giant Mexican hyssop) just coming into bloom. The agastache was three tiny plants bought in the annual section of a local nursery last year. It is now a huge clump and the citrus scented foligage smells hevenly whenever I brush by.

Achillea 'Terra Cotta' (yarrow) just coming into bloom. The large leaves next to it is a hollyhock.

Helenium 'Mardi Gras' (sneezeweed). This has turned out to be an incredible plant.

Alcea rugosa (Russian hollyhock) in bud, Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum (yellow meadow rue).

The shady third of the bed.

Viola cornuta 'Chantreyland'.