The few weeks after Azaleas fade and Iris finish bring a brief lull in the garden. Our trees are fully covered now in deep green and shrubs cover themselves with tender new growth. Now is a good time to take softwood cuttings, if you want to clone any woodies.
Most gardeners keep secateurs close at hand as we deadhead spent flowers and sometimes need to clip a path for ourselves through vigorous new growth.
I’ve done more trimming than planting this week as I continue to tame the rampant goldenrod and obedient plant claiming too much real estate in our front perennial beds and the thuggish cutleaf coneflower shading out its companions in the butterfly garden. Abundant rain and warm weather fuels this early summer growth spurt, as plants increase by inches a day.
But looking across the front garden I don’t see as much color this week. And so I walked our garden paths, camera in hand, to see what new flowers have appeared as we transition from spring ephemerals to summer’s perennials.
Most of these flowers will continue for several weeks more, if not for several months. Some will bloom on from now until frost. Spring’s exuberance settles now into summer’s steadiness.
I brought home a new rose colored Salvia today and a beautiful new coral Agastache. I am looking forward to their bold color shining in the garden for many weeks ahead.
Spring is all about the flowers, but summer color comes more reliably from interesting foliage. Flowers come and go, bloom and fade and fall. They bring in the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, but they fade all too quickly.
I’m most excited this week about all of the deep red Canna plants growing by the day, tubs of Caladiums and Alocasias ready to take their places throughout the garden, and a growing collection of beautiful coleus. But our winter Violas are still going strong in their pots, and they are so colorful I am loathe to pull them before they fade. Our summer foliage plants continue to wait on the Violas and snaps for their turn in our summer pots.
Another steamy summer settles over the garden, and the garden is transforming itself yet again, as our perennials emerge and grow.
Woodland Gnome 2019
Many thanks to the wonderful ‘Six on Saturday’ meme sponsored by The Propagator.
“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-
– honey-sweet May,
when the birds come back,
and the flowers come out,
and the air is full of the sunrise scents
and songs of the dawning year.”
Very interesting collection, I shall be back!
Thank you 😉
Your verbena seems to be white. What color is it? I have not seen it any other color besides purplish blue.
Tony, that is a trick of the light. This is Verbena bonariensis, which is a love shade of periwinkle or light violet. The sun is caught in the petals in this photo.
Yes, I had to look up pictures of it, and found that some looked about the same.
Is this a plant you use professionally?
No, but someone who was living at the farm planted some, and it naturalized over a good sized area. We had to pull quite a bit of it, but for some unknown reason, it is no longer invasive. A bit of it stays in out of the way spots.