Archive for the ‘Hosta’ Category

Slideview of the Garden

The garden beds are really looking their best right now.  I love the weather we’ve been having for the past few days now, cool yet comfortable.  We had some unseasonably high temps of 80-90 earlier which was just too much too soon in the season.  Some beds have been changed such as the former fountain bed is now the Hosta Garden.  The fountain needs some repairs since it kept leaking last year.  I might move it to another location once it gets fixed.  The shed has electricity running to it now so that might be the ideal spot for it.  We’ve had several renovations done to the outside this spring such as power to the shed, staining the patio etc…  It’s now a nice spot to sit and enjoy the blooms in the garden.  🙂

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August Blooms

(From upper L-R across & down: Solidago 'Fireworks', Lantana 'Miss Huff', Rubeckia 'Goldsturm' and a bi-color Zinnia)

(From upper L-R across & down: Solidago 'Fireworks', Lantana 'Miss Huff', Rubeckia 'Goldsturm' and a bi-color Zinnia)

 I couldn’t imagine the garden in August without these fabulous shades of yellow, orange & red.  Miss Huff is has been a great performer in her second season.  She has attracted butterflies, bees and hummingbirds with those vibrant blooms.  We have a few Zinnias blooming right now but the star of the show is this bi-color beauty. 

(from upper L-R across & down: Agastache 'Tutti Fruitti', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Phlox 'Robert Poore', Lirope 'Variegata' and Chelone 'Hot Lips')

(from upper L-R across & down: Agastache 'Tutti Fruitti', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Phlox 'Robert Poore', Lirope 'Variegata' and Chelone 'Hot Lips')

Hot pinks and shades of purple are popping right now throughout the garden.  ‘Tutti Fruitti’ was a new selection of Hyssop I planted this summer.  It is a giant selection topping out at 4-6′ in height.  I’ve noticed some hummers buzzing around it since it started blooming last week.   I love the blooms on my variegated Lirope and the behaved clumping habit is a great asset too.

(From upper L-R across & down: Sweet Autumn Clematis, Obedient Plant and Hosta 'Royal Standard')

(From upper L-R across & down: Sweet Autumn Clematis, Obedient Plant and Hosta 'Royal Standard')

For sweet scents in the garden you can’t beat Sweet Autumn Clematis.  The large white blooms on the Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ have a fabulous fragrance as well.  I’ve considered cutting all the long stems to bring indoors.  The Obedient Plant is starting to fade but the bees are getting every bit of pollen & nectar they can before they do. Considering how some things are starting to wind down in the garden there is still quite alot that is just starting to shine in the garden too.