There’s no shortage of color at Hayefield this month, despite the continuing dry spell. Certainly, the daylilies (Hemerocallis) seem to do all right, no matter what the weather. I’m not especially fond of them in general, but their flowers are a favorite summer treat for Daniel and Duncan, so most of the plants are relegated to the “alpaca snacks” garden. There are a few, though, that are sufficiently unique to earn a place in the front garden, starting with ‘Nona’s Garnet Spider’ (above).
‘Milk Chocolate’ (above) starts out rusty brown and ages to more of a terracotta color, with dark purple-brown markings and a bright yellow throat. It offers lots of opportunities for creating interesting combinations, but I like it best against dark foliage, such as that of Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’).
‘Jungle Beauty’ (below) is so dark that it gets lost against very dark leaves, but so far I haven’t gotten around to giving it a lighter background. This year, it ended up pairing with ‘Wyoming’ canna.
Coneflowers, too, are another classic of the midsummer garden here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Above, purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) with Veronica grandis against golden elderbery (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’) and ‘Grace’ smokebush (Cotinus). And below, an abundance of giant coneflowers (Rudbeckia maxima).
July is prime time for Culver’s roots, too. Above is the species Veronicastrum virginicum with ‘Karley Rose’ fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale), drumstick chives (Allium sphaerocephalon), ironweed (Vernonia) against ‘Center Glow’ ninebark. Below, the selection ‘Fascination’ with golden elderberry and purple coneflowers.
There are also lots of other perennials doing their thing now, including Mardi Gras Helen’s flower (Helenium ‘Helbro’) – above, with a celosia and ‘Nona’s Garnet’ Spider’ daylily – and sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris) – below, with ‘Prairie Sun’ gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta).
Above, golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’) with ‘Velvet Cloak’ smokebush (Cotinus coggygria); below, Sanguisorba obtusa with ‘Saucy Seduction’ yarrow (Achillea) and allium seedheads.
Above, the ready-to-pop buds of ‘Axminster Streaked’ balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus); below, Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Above, false or bastard hemp (Datisca cannabina); below, rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium).
And above, one more perennial: teasel (Dipsacus fullonum). (Technically it’s a monocarpic perennial, which means that it dies after it flowers; here, it usually does that in its second year, so it acts as a biennial.) I have a really hard time growing sea hollies (Eryngium), but teasel makes an interesting substitute.
Moving on to some summer bulbs, there’s Lilium leichtlinii (above and below)…
… ‘Robina’ Orienpet lily (above), and good old ‘Stargazer’ Oriental lily (below).
There are a few alliums in bloom, as well, including Allium carinatum subsp. pulchellum, above; Allium flavum, below; …
…and drumstick chives (Allium sphaerocephalon), below with spike gayfeather (Liatris spicata).
Among the annuals looking good now are the spiky celosias: above, peachy pink ‘Celway Terracotta’ and below, an unnamed seedling.
Above, ‘Marbles’ four-o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa); below, purple devil (Solanum atropurpureum).
Above, Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’ and ‘Jester’ with ‘Mandarin Orange’ creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) and ‘Profusion Orange’ zinnia; below, ‘Black Velvet Scarlet’ geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum).
Above, one more annual: snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) against pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima).
There are a few shrubs in bloom now, including southern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia), above, and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), below.
This is also the time to start collecting seeds for next year, or for sharing with friends and seed exchanges this winter. Above, the seedheads of (I think) Clematis texensis; below, the long-awned head of variegated barley (Hordeum vulgare ‘Variegated’).
Above, ‘Amazone’ tuberous Jerusalem sage (Phlomis tuberosa); below, Allium schubertii;…
…and below, ‘Cramer’s Plum’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) with an unnamed Japanese maple (Acer palmatum).
To see more flowering action in gardens all around the world, visit Carol’s July 15th Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens. And for you leaf-lovers, remember Pam’s Foliage Follow-Up event at Digging on the 16th. Instead of doing a separate post, I’ll throw in some foliage shots here, starting with ‘Australia’ and ‘Wyoming’ cannas, ‘Sedona’ coleus, and ‘Oakhurst’ pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa), below.
Two new foliage finds this year: above, near-black Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’; below, Old Gold’ field corn (Zea mays).
Above, glorious ‘Sunspots’ annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus). And last, the ordinary but still lovely (when not chewed by caterpillars) ‘Ruby Perfection’ cabbage.