It is mid-summer now, and my garden looks so different from what it used to be in spring.
|Fragrant Masterpiece, a shrub from John Clements' Heirloom Roses|
I grow several varieties of campanula, and they have just begun to bloom. Campanulas are such a diverse family of perennials, big and small, blue and white, and I love them all!
|C. portenschlagiana x poscharskyana "Birch hybrid"|
|C. poscharskyana "Alba" (Serbian Bellflower)|
I took a risk and bought Wild Blue Yonder (below) from Home Depot this winter. I don't usually buy roses there because of low quality of stock, mislabelling and lack of care, but this one just seemed to stretch out its stumpy canes to me begging to take it home, and so I did. I have not regretted it yet.
Feverfew is one of my favorite perennials. The bright white and yellow flowers set against chartreuse foliage really lighten up my planting bed, and its season of bloom is quite long too. I was told it would re-seed, but I haven't had a problem so far: my beds are so heavily mulched that nothing much has a chance to sprout. Sometimes it is not such a good thing as I would love to have more feverfew...
The little white bloom below is catananche caerulea "Amor White". They are short-lived and I am hoping to save some seeds and grow more plants next year. They last forever in a vase.
I have a few showy border penstemons that provide a lot of color in summer. All of mine bloom all summer long, deadheaded or not (mostly not as I don't always have the time).
Verbena bonariensis is irresistible to any bee, butterfly or hummer. I have taken so many pictures of it this year, all with someone taking a drink of nectar from it. I highly recommend this plant.