Saturday, July 6, 2013

This Week in the Garden

Years ago I thought Hibiscus were very gaudy. My bog bed has several varieties planted in it. Lets face it, a bog bed has a limited selection of plants that will grow in it so I had to plant them. Turns out hardy Hibiscus are incredibly showy and because the flowers are huge, very visible from afar.

 Rudbeckia Herbstonne is another moisture loving plant. The foliage is about 18 inches tall but the flowers tower over the plant to 6 feet high. I have quite a few Rudbeckia varieties in the gardens because they all have interesting attributes.

 Beebalm has bloomed well this year. The spring moisture made the plants happy and they look more lush than they have the last couple of years. Love to have this planted for hummingbirds to feast on.

In my dryer gardens I have Verbena bonariensis reseeding like crazy and Tansy. Tansy is an herb that is used for dying. In my case dying yarn. I will collect the flowers this week. They can be used fresh or dried and make a pretty gold color on wool when alum is used as a mordant.
 Summer Coreopsis is never perennial for me but provides great summer color. Midnight my buddy follows me around when I'm outside.


  1. Love your photos and your garden! Hibiscus is such a fun one!

  2. You are a natural! I just love your gardening talents and hope some of it rubs off on me.



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