June additions

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Blue and herby

As soon as I had decided on what to plant in the blue garden, the fiance and I rushed out to Strong’s to pick up some white coneflowers and asters (Wood’s Blue), but we had to make a detour first at Covington’s to see if they had anything else to add to our garden. I ended that shopping trip with 4 annual phlox, 2 scabiosa (Butterfly Blue), and a blue hosta, Prairie Sky, which was in the middle of sending up some lovely flower plumes.

The extreme heat isn’t doing our herb garden any good, so we’ve decided on twice daily watering for the time being. Having sprinkler systems is a great boon, which means the lawn is getting some much needed loving as well!

6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (1) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (2) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (3) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (4) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (5) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (6) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (7) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (8) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (9) 6/21/2010 Blue and Herby (10)

Daylilies and friends

This past week heralds the arrival of the daylilies. The Dallas Stars are a vigorous bunch of daylilies planted in the front bed that can endure periods of part shade. Our newest arrivals are nearly yellow with a hint of pink. The past few weeks have also seen the crape myrtles blooming full blast. Not to be outdone, our first Desperado Sage is covered in bright lavender pink blooms, that contrast well with the silvery gray foliage.

6/20/2010 Daylily and friends (5) 6/20/2010 Daylily and friends (4) 6/20/2010 Daylily and friends (3) 6/20/2010 Daylily and friends (2) 6/20/2010 Daylily and friends (1)

The purple garden

A work in progress. Note that the Loropetalum has shed most of its vivid purple colors and gone green for the high summer.

6/17/2010 Purple Garden (6) 6/17/2010 Purple Garden (5) 6/17/2010 Purple Garden (4) 6/17/2010 Purple Garden (3) 6/17/2010 Purple Garden (2) 6/17/2010 Purple Garden (1)

Hunting for summer blues

I rearranged the blue garden this past weekend, moving the Oertel’s Rose Common Yarrow and the 2 straggling Nepeta faassenii (catmints), to make room for some new tenants. I had found a white plumbago at the local Home Depot so I had to snatch it up to pair with the Imperial Dark Blue. Also I picked up two purple leafed Oxalis triangularis to add some drama to the bed, 4 Serena Angelonia (2 purple, 2 white) to give the bed some vertical lift. I had some leftover dianthus that hadn’t gotten planted from the last flat I bought; 3 picoteed purple dianthus for some contrast. I’m hard pressed however to find any blue flowered summer plants within the 1-2 foot range. I’m less inclined to plant annuals, but it seems that is all that manages to flourish in the heat right now. I’d like to find more Felicia daisies and/or these Tropical Breeze verbena.

We finally got around to visiting North Haven Gardens and discovered that it deserved its reputation for being a fantastic source of unusual and uncommon plants. They had a vast selection of plants, trees and shrubs, many of which I desired to take home. One particular eye-catcher that immediately made my wishlist was a dwarf variegated bamboo, Pleioblastus fortunei, which unfortunately they were out of stock on. Aside from the Angelonia that we purchased, we also picked up 2 Golden oregano and 1 Hot and Spicy Oregano, which was truly a surprising tongue-tickler.