what’s blooming

August 1, 2009

It’s been way too wet this summer!  There are just some days that the rain penetrates everything you have on.  It’s been good for a lot of things, but mostly it’s been a haven for slugs and powdery mildew.  We’ll get through this- and hope for a drier August.

Thalictrum rochebrunianum 'Lavender Mist'

Wet and Muddy

We’ve entered the mid-summer bloom period where daylilies steal the show.  As a garden designer, I ignored daylilies- and actually looked down at them as a rather gaudy and far-too-overplanted perennial.  Over the past 5 years or so, I’ve opened up to them.  When used in moderation, or in sequence down a garden border, they can add color that’s desirable in summer.  I’m especially fond of pale yellow daylilies like ‘Hyperion’ planted with ornamental grasses and Hydrangeas.  The “siloam” daylilies are great- small flowers with a dark eye- unusual cream and plum colors.

Hemerocallis 'Night Becon'

Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy'

Hemerocallis 'South Seas'

Hemerocallis cultivar unknown

Hemerocallis 'Cosmopolitan'

Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas'

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Tee Tiny'

Hemerocallis in vegetable garden- cultivar unknown

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Shocker'

Hemerocallis 'Wineberry Candy'


hemerocallis 'Siloam Doodlebug'

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Amazing Grace'

Hemerocallis 'Summer Wine'

Echinaceas also are at peak performance now.  I love the deep orange and almost taffeta patterns in the new “Big Sky” hybrids, but I also love the simple white flowers of ‘White Swan’- great with Hydrangea ‘Blue Billow’ and an ornamental grass like Panicum armarum ‘Dewey Blue’.

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea purpurea 'Coconut Lime'

Echinacea 'Sunrise'

Crocosmia is in full bloom right now- intense red flowers- also great when combined with ornamental grasses.  Since it tends to reach out beyond it’s planted space- it’s good to plant this where it can mingle with other plants in the garden.  The arching branches and striking color make it very attractive- but the color is a solid red- so it’s companions must be chosen carefully.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Phlox have been blooming for a while and they also offer a broad color palette.  I particularly like the blue variety- ‘Blue Paradise’ and the white variety-‘David’.  The problems with phlox in a wet and cool year like the one we’re experiencing is that they get an awful case of powdery mildew.  One must be proactive to prevent the onset of powdery mildew.  Read more here.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' with Hemerocallis 'Rocket City'

Phlox paniculata 'Red Super'

Phlox paniuclata cultivar unknown

All sorts of lilies are blooming too- Asiatics are almost done, but oriental lilies and trumpet lilies are perfect right now- except for one thing- the lily leaf beetle.  It’s been a good year for the beetle and our lilies have succumbed to this pest this year.  We’ll have to decide if we can continue to carry lilies because of the constant vigilance it takes to keep this pest at bay.  You can learn more about controlling lily leaf beetle by visiting gardenweb or any extension service website.

Here are some images of other perennials and shrubs blooming now.

Hemerocallis 'Exotic Love' with Perovskia atriplicifolia

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

Lysimachia clethroides

Cimicifuga racemosa

Cimicifuga racemosa

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'

Asclepeis incarnata 'Ice Ballet'


Monarda x 'Mahogany'

Persicaria amplexicaule 'Speciosum'- Firetail

Viburnum plicatum 'Shasta'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'

Thalictrum rochebrunianum 'Lavender Mist'

Aesculus parviflora with salix and hydrangea

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Aconitum x 'Blue Lagoon'

Primula capitata ssp mooreanna

Here are some nice photos of tropicals and annuals blooming- now that we’ve had some warm weather- they’re growing!

Brugmansia 'Pink Beauty'

Tibouchina grandiflora

Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'


Anigozanthus- Kangaroo Paws

Breynia- Hawaiian Snowbush

Melianthus- Peanut Butter Plant

Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun'

what’s blooming…

July 12, 2009

We are still in the transition between spring and summer flowering.  There are lots of plants blooming this time of year that we carry in the nursery but that we don’t have in the garden, so I thought I’d touch on some of those in this posting as well as some of the things happening in the gardens here at Rocky Dale.  I hope you find these posts useful as you create or enhance your own gardens.

Salvia sclarea turkestanica

Bloom calendar Rocky Dale Gardens July 12 209
Ending In Full Bloom Beginning
Campanula Achillea Agastache
Delphinium Alcea Cimicifuga
Dianthus Astilbe Crocosmia
Dicentra Astilboides Echinacea
Digitalis Astrantia Echinops
Dracocephalum Calamagrostis Eupatoruim
Geranium Clematis Gaillardia
Penstemon Corydalis lutea Goniolimum
Salvia Digitalis Heliopsis
Erigeron Hemerocallis
Eryngium Liatris
Filipendula Ligularia
Heuchera Lilium
Hosta Monarda
Leontepodium Perovskia
Leucanthemum Phlox maculata
Lychinis chalcedonia Phlox paniculata
Lychnis coranaria Rudbeckia
Lysimachia ciliata Sedum
Persicaria polymorpha
Potentilla ‘Arc-en- ciel’
Salvia sclarea ‘Turkistanica’
Stachys monnieri ‘Hummelo’
Ending In Full Bloom Beginning
Cornus kousa Cotinus Aesculua parviflora
Philadelphus Diervilla Clethra
Physocarpus Genista Hydrangea paniculata
Syringa reticulata Hydgrandea serrata
Weigela Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Quick Fire’
Hydrangea petiolaris
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Innocence’
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Spiraea bumalda and japonica
Viburnum nudum ‘Brandywine’
Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’
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