There was extensive digging, weeding, planting, and mulching that took place this past garden season. The flower bed at the front of the house - which, let's face it, at 50 feet long is actually a Flower Garden - really began to take shape.
|Winky Purple White Columbine|
Plants from previous seasons began to take hold and blooms emerged. New additions were bought and planted. I saw these starry blooms at the nursery in spring and Could. Not. Resist.
|Ruby Wedding Astrantia|
Astrantia is one of the most charming flowers I can think of. This variety emerged in subtle shades of pink and white but matures to a very becoming red. A happy addition for the shadier end of this bed.
Another new addition that I fell head over heals for was this Agastache.
Liked it so much I bought 5 of them in fact. I really hope they survive the winter!
One plant I'm not sure whether I love or hate is this evening primrose. They expanded their territory at a rapid pace this season but the plants themselves didn't seem particularly attractive. They dried up and died out after blooming but considering it was so dry this summer I'm not sure if this is a normal thing. I did enjoy them while they were blooming though.
A surprise plant this year was this Achillea ptarmica - The Pearl. Some bellflowers left by the previous homeowner were moved to this bed and this plant came along for the ride.
I didn't realize the addition until the plants started to bloom. I like it though, it's a keeper.
Back in 2010 I purchased a tiny stub of a plant at the Home Depot for a paltry $1.25. I've been waiting patiently ever since to see what would become of it. This was my year.
Clematis Emilia Plater finally produced blooms and it was worth the wait.
Another plant that's taken some time to come unto its own is the Quickfire Hydrangea. I purchased this on a whim back in 2010 at a summer sale. I had no place to put it at the time and simply dug a hole and dropped it in beside the driveway. This year it was moved to the flower garden.
|Quickfire emerging in early summer|
This is an early blooming hydrangea with flat blooms that look like a lacecap. I was thrilled to see pure white flowers emerge in July. Finally, it has a good home and it's happy.
The thing about Quickfire is it doesn't stay white. White flowers fade to pink, stems turn red.
|Quickfire in late August|
So even though it blooms early, the flowers are still a joy to look at two months later.
And what would the late summer garden be without these superstars?