|Lavender and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the Driveway Garden for July|
Here are some of my tricks for making the summer garden look its best:
- Clip back shrubs in to order.
- Cut out yellow and brown foliage from border.
- Cut some perennials to the ground after their bloom (including daylilies (Hemerocallis) and hardy geraniums.
- Deadhead or give hair cuts to other spent flowers & sub-shrubs (including lamb's ears, coneflower, daisies, lavender, and annuals, such as petunias.)
- Add colorful annuals and tropical foliage (cannas, elephant ears, grasses, etc) to carry the garden through the gap into fall.
Come take a walk around...
|Full view of the Driveway Garden this July. It is much improved from last year.|
|One of my favorite combinations right now: Orange Tiger lilies (Lily Tigrinum Splendens) and the Drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon).|
|View from the inside of the Driveway Garden. The Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is finally taking off a bit.|
|A bee enjoying the tropical looking blooms of Rose of Sharon, a hardy hibiscus, in July. They do really give everything a color lift at this time of the season!|
|Here are my freshly planted annuals right by the front steps. I really like adding the elephant ears to give these plantings some instant height while I am waiting for them to fill out a bit.|
|Around the front of the house you can have a full view of Cherry Corner and the Shade Path Garden.|
|The assorted daylilies (Hemerocallis) are still blooming away, and I have tucked in some New Guinea impatients to keep the bloom going when they are finished.|
|Double version of Hemerocallis fulva|
|Hemerocallis 'Autumn Minaret' is my favorite for its light fragrance.|
|Along the Shade Path the hostas are blooming away and are most welcome. I have filled in here and there with some more New Guinea impatients and also some dark-leaved begonias.|
|Looking back to the fence along the Shade Path. The annuals here are really to give a nice light touch to the mounds of foliage that carry this garden through this part of the season until the fall flowers begin.|
|At the front of the Shade Path, I added some larger Begonia 'Dragon Wings' and the ever popular Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'.|
|Altogether I think it makes a good effect for July in this dry shade garden. This area had some intense pruning of dead leaves, etc. and it looks so much better for it.|
|One more July pretty that is found by our potager, pink mallow (Malva alcea). I like it much better when I cut it down by half in June to keep it from becoming too top heavy.|
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