In the back there is very little going on. The baptisia and peonies are done for the year. Spiderwort bloom daily but I'm waiting for different plants to start blooming. Note to self: Plant more transitional flowers for next year.
I have historically not had a lot of shade in my garden but I do love some shade-plants like astilbe. I created some welcoming spots for them by underplanting them beneath large shrubs or perennials that would create shade, like my giant baptisia or this red twig dogwood.
|The ubiquitous salvia|
The real show is going on here - where I barely had a semblance of a garden last year. This space is about to undergo a transition soon, one being forced upon me, but I'll save that for another day.
|Monarda 'Jacob Cline'|
|Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' beginning its show|
Above, Penstemon 'Dark Towers' looks very similar to Penstemon 'Husker Red' (below). The biggest difference I see is that 'Dark Towers' foliage is much more red.
|Knautia (with missing tag - oops!)|
|Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'|
|Coreopsis 'Moonbeam, Nepeta 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron', Echinacea, neighbor's new|
|Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' just starting to open|
The flower beds in the front yard at this time of year are mostly muted. The real show will be getting started in the next few weeks.
|Grandma's evening primroses, the last of the Amsonia 'Blue Ice'|
|Verbena 'Homestead Purple'|
|Astilbe, a couple different Euphorbia, Nepeta 'Walker's Low'|
And my favorite:
That wraps up another Bloom Day. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Thanks to May Dreams for hosting again.