Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Color

I have plenty of summer color right now, so I thought I'd share some of it with you.

Anaphalis margaritacea is native to most of the US and is an overlooked garden plant that is a great host for American Lady caterpillars.
Chrysanthemum 'Mammoth Lavender'

Garden shot

Geranium psilostemon - Blooming since June 30" tall and no flopping!

One of my seedlings Hemerocallis ('Golden Zebra' x 'Peppermint Ice')

Hemerocallis 'Johnny Cash'

Hemerocallis 'Regency Heights'
Hemerocallis 'Siloam Show Girl'
Sedum 'Mr. Goodbud'

Silene regia 'Prairie Fire'

One of my introductions Silphium perfoliatum 'Lemonade Stand'

Critters are color too!  Black Swallowtail on fennel

Asclepias 'Silky Red' - Annual for us and one of my favorites.

Chocolate cosmos that overwintered in my garden

Petunia 'Black Velvet'

Verbena bonariensis

Eupatorium 'Phantom'

Agastache 'Black Adder', Eryngium yuccifolium, and Fennel


  1. Gorgeous plants...your 'Black Adder' is much happier than mine...needs more sun than it gets. Love the wide shot with the different Agastaches, Grasses and Eupatorium...lovely!

  2. Thanks Scott. My photography will never beat yours, but it doesn't help that my days off are all sunny (not a complaint) and I sleep in past the early morning light hours. 'Black Adder' in my garden is easily hitting 5' tall, which is much taller than most nurseries are advertising it to get. I've found this to be the case for most Agastache varieties. I've also found that 'Black Adder' is a heavier feeder than most others, as you can see from my pic it is a little yellow. I love this garden, although it is a little weedy and overcrowded.

  3. I am going to get some Anaphalis margaritacea after seeing your plants. I really like it!

  4. I originally bought it strictly as a host plant for the butterflies. All the pics I had seen were straggly, and in the pot they weren't very exciting. Now after 4 years the plant is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.


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