|July 2013 Garden |
Welcome to my Long Island garden! After a week of rain followed by a heat wave of 90 degree temperatures the gardens are back on track with last year. It was a slow start to spring and summer this year but the gardens have recovered and are bursting with color. It is time for another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. Come stroll along with me to see what is blooming.
The hostas are doing exceptionally well this year. Above is the flower from a 'Golden Tiara' and below is my newest addition 'Maui Buttercups', a miniature variety with lime foliage that stays small and compact. I also couldn't resist it for the name since I love the island of Maui in Hawaii!
Hosta 'Maui Buttercups'
The Endless Summer Hydrangea in the backyard are full of blooms...
|Endless Summer Hydrangea|
as well as the coreopsis and nepeta at the front entry to the driveway.
|Nepeta 'Walkers Low' and Coreopsis 'Zagreb'|
I rejuvenated the Coreopsis this spring digging it up and placing it back into little clumps. There is nothing like a little revamping here and there to get the gardens back in shape and I think the Coreopsis are benefiting from it. They are looking much fuller and brighter now.
I have already deadheaded my salvia and it is going on its second round of purple blooms.
|Salvia 'May Night'|
The Astilbe 'Visions' are now in bloom. I had added this variety last summer and am enjoying its vibrant color.
|Astilbe 'Visions' |
Here are my Lilies that are presently blooming by the pool...
|Daylily 'Stella D' Oro'|
There are 'Stella D Oro'...
|Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me'|
'Pardon Me'...'Sammy Russell' and Oriental Lily-
Lilium 'Casa Blanca'. The 'Casa Blanca' is actually ahead of schedule this year by about one to two weeks.
|Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell'|
|Oriental Lily (Lilium 'Casa Blanca')|
I have been on a new mission getting as many Heuchera 'Caramel' as I can into the gardens. I love this variety of Coral Bells for their bright caramel foliage and ability to thrive just about anywhere. They even take full sun which is amazing. Here they are on the front island berm along with the traditional 'Palace Purple' Heuchera.
|Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel' and 'Palace Purple'|
Come take a look at the pool area. On one side of the waterfall is a shady area where I had planted a few Japanese Painted fern which are filling in nicely. I recently added the three 'Loyalist' hosta in the backdrop and am enjoying the foliage combination of the two plants together.
|Japanese Painted Fern & Hosta 'Loyalist'|
The Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Japanese Forest Grass) is also thriving in the other shade area to the right of the pool...
|Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' |
and last but not least the new Sedum 'Dragon's Blood' planted from last summer is showing off its vibrant deep pink blooms in front of garden gal and boy.
|Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'|
Thank you for visiting my Long Island garden and please visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what others have blooming for the month of July. I hope you enjoyed the stroll. If you like leave a note to let me know you visited and I will be sure to visit you as well.