The August Pause

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Yucca ‘Color Guard, with Crambe maritima foliage and aging Acanthus hungaricus

Gladiolus 'Ruby'

Gladiolus ‘Ruby’

hardy for us in zone 6A….Eucomis 'Oakhurst'

hardy for us in zone 6A….Eucomis ‘Oakhurst’

As July ends, and August begins, I always feel as if the perennial garden is pausing, waiting for a turn in the weather (less heat and more rain). Still, there are little gems and surprises, like the just beginning to bloom hardy Gladiolus ‘Ruby’, and (surprise!) the truly hardy pineapple lily, Eucomis ‘Oakhurst’. I can attest that all 3 Eucomis planted in the garden last year survived last winter’s extremes, although not a one broke ground until early June.

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Glaucium flavum…loving the dry gravelly spot where we planted it.

Allium 'Millenium' to the right, with 'All Summer Beauty' behind it.

Allium ‘Millenium’ to the right, with ‘All Summer Beauty’ behind it.

Wishing we had planted more Glaucium flavum (Horned Poppy). This apricot yellow form, planted in a well drained soil near our garage, has proven reliably perennial for 3 years now, and looks fresh in the early August heat.

“Must have” summer blooming Allium selections ‘Millennium’ and ‘All Summer Beauty‘ don’t mind the heat and are resistant to garden pests. These clump forming plants are great accents for the front of the border. Notice the difference in color: Allium ‘Millennium’ is  in the foreground, with the paler ‘All Summer Beauty’ in the near distance.

We planted Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ last year in this new bed, and now in his second season he is getting some oomph. He should provide us with blooms later this month or in September, perhaps , and give more height and contrast to the green Hakonechloa macra.

Aralia 'Sun King' with the all green Japanese Forest Grass.

Aralia ‘Sun King’ with the all green Japanese Forest Grass.

The Begonia theater

The Begonia Theater

As for potted plants, we decided to show off our Begonia collection which is thoroughly enjoying the heat and humidity. Stewartia ‘Ballet’ , in the background, has finished blooming, so we staged a scene for more interest in this shady nook.

Despite the humidity, most of our succulents are doing quite well, thank you. Our stock plants looked so happy we staged them just outside the greenhouse on a long bench,and I’d say they are  putting on a flower show of their own.

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The Succulent Theater

What special plants are showing off in your mid summer garden? If you want to share images with us and our friends, why not post them on our Facebook page?

 

 

 

 

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