Floral Explosions

Daucus carota with perennial Geranium in our garden


Independence Day fireworks may still be a few weeks away, but we have beautiful floral fireworks opening in the garden this week.


Monarda is just beginning to bloom at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.


These ‘explosive’ flowers are actually clusters of many separate tiny blooms and hold special appeal for hummers and pollinating insects.


Asclepias tuberosa is covered in pollinators at the WBG this week .


Stand and watch the nectar loving creatures enjoy sip after sip of sweet nutrition, without having to exert too much energy of flight in between.  “One stop sipping” holds great appeal, and these flowers held in a ‘fireworks formation’ are important to include in any wildlife garden.



Aside from their wildlife value, I love these intricate, expansive flowers, too.

They last a long time in the garden, and their developing seed heads hold their own beauty if left to mature on the plant.  Although a flower’s color may be important in your design, often it is the texture and way a plant holds its flowers that matter even more.


Asclepias verticillata


As the mid-summer garden explodes with perennial flowers, we especially enjoy these flowers which each look like a bursting fireworks display nearly frozen in time.


Hydrangea quercifolia is beginning to change its color now in our garden.


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7 responses to “Floral Explosions

  1. Lily of the Nile are almost always in full bloom right on Independence Day! That is why some know them as ‘firework flowers’. They even look like exploding fireworks! They are mostly blue, but are also white. (There are many different shades in between now, which are not as fun as the simple old classics.) The blue and white together only need some red petunias to be red, white and blue!

  2. I’m always surprised by how far ahead of us you are. We won’t see these for at least another month. I’m looking forward to it!

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