There’s lots going on here at the moment, even though it’s been disappointingly dry since the last Bloom Day. Without further chatter, let’s start with some herbs. Above, what was supposed to be ‘Provence White’ lavender but is clearly not, so I guess it’s just ‘Provence’ (Lavandula x intermedia), with pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima).
Above is ‘Harlequin’ rue (Ruta graveolens) with ‘Cramer’s Plum’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) and ‘Lollipop’ Asiatic lily (Lilium). Below is Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) with ‘Dali Marble’ burnet (Sanguisorba menziesii).
The daffodils and tulips are long gone, but the summer bulbs are coming along nicely. Above is ‘Semiplena’ camassia (Camassia leichtlinii) against a variegated sport of ‘Cardinal’ red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) and Rozanne geranium (Geranium ‘Gerwat’). Below is blue ornamental onion (Allium caeruleum [A. azureum]) against southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum).
Above is Allium atropurpureum with ‘Amazone’ tuberous Jerusalem sage (Phlomis tuberosa), southern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia), orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida), Chardonnay Pearls deutzia (Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’), and Chocolate Chip ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’).
Below, star of Persia (Allium christophii) with giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) and golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’).
Above is Allium ‘Forelock’, which is nice but – so far, at least – not nearly as interesting as the catalog photo. Below is ‘Ambassador’, which is quite splendid, with Knock Out roses (Rosa ‘Radrazz’), Veronica grandis, candy lily (x Pardancanda norrisii), and ‘All Gold’ lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).
Many of the alliums produce attractive seedheads after bloom, but I thought these heads of ‘Globemaster’ were especially interesting.
Below is ‘Monte Negro’ Asiatic lily (Lilium) and ‘Jacob Cline’ bee balm (Monarda), both just coming into bloom, against ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel (Corylus avellana).
Still more “bulbs”… above, firecracker flower (Dichelostemma ida-maia) against a red-leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum). Below, ‘Cleopatra’ foxtail lily (Eremurus) with ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima), golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’), and ‘Northwind’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum).
Moving on, there’s ‘Vesuvius’ Arkwright’s campion (Lychnis x arkwrightii) with a bit of ‘Isla Gold’ tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). And below, parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) flowers against variegated Corneliancherry dogwood (Cornus mas).
Above, ‘Dark Towers’ beardtongue (Penstemon). Below, ‘Sarastro’ bellflower (Campanula) with Euphorbia oblongata (also sold as E. palustris ‘Zauberflote’) and hairy alumroot (Heuchera villosa).
Above, ‘Oehme’ palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) with Magic Carpet spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Walbuma’), ‘New Hampshire Purple’ bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum), and drumstick chives (Allium sphaerocephalon).
Below, wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), the seedheads of ‘Sacajawea’ camassia (Camassia leichtlinii) and ‘Mount Everest’ allium, and pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima).
Above, yellow meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum subsp. glaucum) with ‘Sunshine’ red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis), golden fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’), golden wayfaringtree (Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’), golden mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius), and variegated pokeweed (Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’).
Below, larkspur (Consolida ajacis) and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria).
Above, ‘Pink Grapefruit’ yarrow (Achillea) with Allium rosenbachianum and Veronica grandis. Below, ‘Caradonna’ salvia against golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’).
Above, ‘Jade Princess’ millet (Pennisetum glaucum) just coming into bloom. Below, hare’s ear (Bupleurum rotundifolium) with ‘Morning Light’ miscanthus.
Above, ‘Black Adder’ sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) with ‘Grace’ smokebush (Cotinus).
And finally, some foliage, starting with ‘Oakhurst’ pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa) against ‘Princess of India’ nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), ‘Sedona’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), and variegated lilyturf (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’).
Above, variegated bugbane (Actaea [Cimicifuga] simplex ‘Variegata’). And below, looking very much like a purple-leaved hosta, is purple plantain (Plantago major ‘Atropurpurea’).
Above, an unnamed peach (Prunus persica) seedling (very similar to the selection sold as ‘Bonfire’). And last, ‘Blazin’ Rose’ beefsteak plant (Iresine herbstii) against ‘Wyoming’ canna.
Ready to see what’s growing in other gardens around the world? Visit Carol’s June Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens. Enjoy!