by Susan Harris
In honor of Gardenblogger Bloom Day, of course. Click here to see what’s blooming on August 15 in 100+ other gardens around North America and possibly farther afield.
First up, here one of my favorite combos in a border that frankly, doesn’t have enough good ones (you know how borders are works in progress? Well, this one could use some more progress, absolutely.) At the top you see the panicle-shaped white blooms of the Hydrangea paniculata ’Tardiva’. Nice long blooms. In the middle there are some just-fading blooms of the Globle Thistle (Echinops) with a tiny bit of Salvia ‘May Knight’ bloom showing on the left. And covering the ground in front is some of a great-performing Lamb’s Ear - Stachys ‘Helene von Stein’.
Above, a mighty fine rebloom on a Spirea ‘Anthony Waterer’.
Above, a new acquisition, the Agastache ’Tutti Frutti”, hardy to Zone 6. It’s attracting hummingbirds, the first ones I’ve seen in my garden in ages.
Who doesn’t love Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’?
And moving to my front yard we see a mishmash of color here. One Knockout rose (which I should never have planted in front of perennials, so I’ll be moving it this fall), with some black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’) and the lovely Russian sage (Perovskia), which I should never have planted in this space, where it gets no notice. I’ll be moving it, also – to my curbside garden, where it’ll be noticed.