These are pictures of my early July garden when the garden was mostly green. I took these pictures before I left for Illinois for the birth of my grandson. Although I was excited about the birth, I was kinda upset to leave my garden because I could tell by all the buds that the garden was about to explode in a riot of color and I didn't want to miss it. I wait all year for flowers, the thought of missing it and have to wait another full year was depressing to me. I was right, everything exploded while I was gone, but I still got to see it in bloom when I got back and it was jaw dropping. I will share those pictures next week. For now, here are the before-explosion blooms.
The bee balm is still blooming and redder than ever. This is a very long blooming plant, which is nice, as most perennials bloom for such a short time. I did get a question from one of my readers if I thought this plant was invasive for me. I do not consider this an invasive plant in my garden, but I do know for a lot of gardeners it is. My garden is mostly shade or part shade, so this plant doesn't run amok for me. Plus, it's a very shallow rooted plant. If it spreads too much, just a slight tug on the roots by hand pulls it up.
The Baby's Breath did very well this year. I have some planted in front of the Bee Balm and along the hillside. The only drawback is there wasn't much else in bloom to make arrangements with when the Baby's Breath was in bloom.
View of the Baby's Breath in front of the Bee Balm.
Both the Annabelle Hydrangeas and the Endless Summer Hydrangeas started to bloom before I left. My Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms pink because of my soil. My husband and I were awestruck by all the gorgeous Annabelle Hydrangeas we saw in Illinois. They were in full bloom there as they are about a month ahead of us.
This is an old fashioned variety of clematis I have blooming in my garden. It's still in full bloom right now and you will see more pictures of it next week!
Here is another view of the clematis.
I use to have a lot of this yellow primrose plant in my garden, but it's slowly dying out as it requires sun and is not getting much. But beware, this is an invasive plant in sunny gardens for it spreads by runners. I'm not a fan of plants that spread by runners or seed.
The Stella d'Oro dailies are magnificent this year. In this photo they are in the foreground, with the Bee Balm and Baby's Breath in the distance. All the green you see is mostly Black Eye'd Susans which are just starting to bud, so you can just imagine all the color I should have in a few weeks.
Front row view of the Stello d' Oro day lilies. This is a great perennial to plant in front a porch or a walk way because it's so low growing and the foliage is attractive even when not in bloom.
A close up of one the Stella d' Oro Daylilies.
This pink Astilbe plant was breath-taking this year, probably because we've had a very cool, wet summer and it is a shade plant.
This pretty little bell shaped flower is a Campanula. It does reseed, but not prolifically and it's so cute I don't mind!
This is the white version of the same Bellflower plant.
Another re seeder from the Campanula family is this Clustered Bellflower. It looks so pretty in my shade garden.
I planted orange marigolds around the Bellflowers. I just love the color contrast.
A far away shot of the Clustered Bellflower seen in the shade garden. All those tall Asiatic Lillie's you see with the buds on them have now opened since this picture was taken and this garden is gorgeous! I can't wait to show you next week's pictures.
Looking up at the house with a salmon Asiatic lily, tall phlox, and pink Endless Summer hydrangea in the foreground.
A close up of the salmon Asiatic lily.
I love to use this sedum as an edger. The yellow blooms are so pretty.
This is an Iris picture I meant to show you last month, but I forgot. I wanted to show it because it's such a unique and pretty Iris. Unfortunately a storm knocked the blooms down before I could photograph it in the garden. So I cut the stems and brought them in the house. I just love the color of this Iris.
This is a lynchis plant. I love the fuchsia color of it's bloom and it's silver foliage, but I hate how it reseeds everywhere. It also gets knocked down by wind storms every single year. I managed to capture this photo of one before rain and wind smashed it to the ground.
Spirea "Little Princess".
I hope you enjoyed my little garden tour of my early July garden. Come back next week if you want to see a riot of color!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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