Monday, June 27th, 2011...12:00 am

Flowers In TheGardenLady’s Garden with a Few Photographs

Garden Bust by Dara Mina Ceramics with plant in head behind and primroses that are in seed in front.

I try to have flowers blooming as long during the year as flowers will bloom. That means that only when there is snow on the ground is my outdoor garden without flowers. Most of my flowers are in the sunny part of my property-in the front. The photos you see of my grounds are mostly taken on the sides to show how wooded and shady the property is.

People passing TheGardenLady’s yard have asked how many different flowers I have planted in my garden. I have never kept track. But since so many people have asked, I forced myself to sit down to make a list of plants on my property this year. I mostly have perennials growing.

Each year I plant some new perennials and some favorite annuals. I may plant new plants because some of the perennials plants do not return. For example, I have planted numerous heuchera but they didn’t seem to like where I put them and have never returned the following year. I love Spigella marylandica and have tried planting it twice but it never came back. One nurseryman told me it is a tricky plant in my area. The first year I planted the Trillium grandiflorum, it came back for a few years. Beginners luck. Since it disappeared, I have tried to replant it a few times but have not had success. But I don’t give up easily and will replant all these plants with the hopes that they will one day be happy in my garden. I replant those plants I love, but lost. I like to get new plants that I have never had or are new to the market. And I like to add annuals to the mix to be sure that I have flowers all summer long. Some of my favorite annuals are the common ones like marigolds and zinnias.

As I age, I want big flowers that will be show-offs in my garden. As much as I like the small gems of flowers that surprise when they are discovered, I want flowers that explode like fireworks. I enjoy it when walkers or drivers tell me they must go past my yard every day just to see what is in bloom. I am flattered beyond belief when I get compliments; like when my sweet French neighbor called my garden the Giverny of my town. But I also love it when birds-and hummingbirds- as well as butterflies and bees love what I plant. I love to watch the bees sucking furiously on the lavender, oregano, bee balm and other nectar plants.

My property is basically a woodland property. There are lots of trees and wild shrubs. And a stream bisects the property. So how do I get flowers if I have woods? Some plants tolerate some shade. I do get partial sun, about 5 hours, along the front of my property. Then I learned that my town allows planting between the sidewalk and the curb. Since this is where the sun shines on my property all day, this is where I plant most of my flowering plants. Since my property is a right triangle with the longest side along the street, I have a long strip to plant. The only problem is dragging hoses to water the plants at the bottom of the strip.

Right now the ‘ fireworks’ in my garden are the lilies, like the Asiatic lilies and the Hemerocallis or day lilies. Besides the lilies the most showy flowers are the hydrangeas, both blue and white. And though these beautiful blooms are the most striking, other flowers are in bloom like zinnias,marigolds,verbena, Albizia julibrissin- Mimosa tree, Echinacea, etc., etc., etc.

None of this would be possible without the products in the market that keep the deer away. I use lots of Liquid Fence. So far the stinky stuff has prevented the deer and rabbits from sampling my plants.

An incomplete list


Acer   Japanese Maple
Aconitum   Monkshood
Agapanthus   African Lily
Agastache   Giant hyssop
ageratum houstonianum  tall
Albizia julibrissin  Mimosa tree
Allium   Ornamental Onion and garlic
Amsonia   Blue star
Anemone   Windflower
Angelica atropurpurea   Archangel
Aquilegia   Columbine
Arisaema triphyllum    Jack-in-the-Pulpit and costatum
Aruncus diocus   goatsbeard
Asarum canadense   wild ginger
Asclepias   Milkweed
Aster novi-belgii

Astillbe x arendsii    False Goat’s Beard
Athyrium nipponicum   Japanese Painted fern
Baptisia False    Indigo

Begonia picotee
Bletilla striata   terrestrial orchid
Buddleia Butterfly bush  ‘Pink Delight’ ‘Charming’ among others
Callicarpa   Beauty Berry

Canna Canna Lily
Caryopteris   Blue Mist Spirea
Ceanothus   California lilac
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides   trailing Leadwort
Cercis   Redbud
Cimicifuga racemosa Bugbane
Clematis x jackmanii
Convallaraia   Lily-of-the-valley ‘rosea’, majalis, m. ‘Albostriata’
Cornus florida and Kousa
Cotinus coggygria   Smoke bush

Rudbeckia -Gloriosa Daisy ‘Tiger Eye Gold’ in sculptural basket with Hemerocallis fulva- the common orange daylily in the back

Crocosmia   crocosmiiflora
Cyclamen   Dahlia
Delospermum   Iceplant


Dianthus   pinks

Dicentra   Bleeding Heart
Dictamnus Gasplant   Digitalis Foxlove
Dryopteris   Wood Fern
Echinacea   Coneflower
Epimedium  Barrenwort
Eremurus   Foxtail Lily


Lonicera sempervirens-Honeysuckle vine ‘Blanche Sandman’ climbing up an old ladder.

Gaillardia x grandiflora   Blanketflower
Galium   Sweet woodruff

Gentiana    Gentian
Geranium   Cranesbill

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’    Hakone grass

Helenium   Sneezeweed (in front of house zinnzaeflora  and autumnale near cannas)

Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Loddon Gold’  sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides   Sunflower heliopsis
Helleborus   Hellebore, Lenton Rose
Hemerocallis  Daylily

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’ on the side of my property in front of Rose of Sharon bushes, next to a Hosta plant.


Hydrangea and climbing hydrangea
Hypericum ‘Hidcote’   Saint John’s Wort


Ilex verticillata    Winterberry holly
Ipheion uniflorum   Spring starflower
Ipomoea     morning glory
Iris (pseudocarus, ensata, cristrata,Siberian
Kalmia Mountain Laurel
Kniphofia Red-hot poker
Lagerostroemia Crepe Myrtle
Lamium   Dead nettle
Lavandula   Lavender
Leucanthemum   Shasta Daisy
Liatris   Gayfeather
Lilium  Lily
Lobelia cardinalis
Lonicera sempervirens    Honeysuckle Blanche Sandman

Lychnis   Campion

Lysimachia ciliata ‘purpurea’   loosestrife

Lilium asiatic -Asiatic Lily growing in front of my property with Chrysanthemum maximum -Shasta daisies behind them


Mertensia   Bluebell
Monarda   Beebalm
Musa basjoo  Japanese banana
Myosotis    Forget-me-not
Narcissus Daffodil
Nepeta Catnip
Oenothera fruticosa and speciosa   Evening primrose, sundrops
Paeonia Peony both herbaceous and tree peon
Papaver somniferum   poppy
Penstemon   Beardtongue
Perovskia atriplicifolia   Russian Sage
Phlox paniculata and subulata
Pieris Japonica   Lily of the Valley bush
Polemonium caeruleum    Jacob’s Ladder
Polygonatum odoratum   Solomon’s Seal ‘variegatum’ and Polygonatum humile
Potentilla   Scarlet starlet
Primula   Primrose
Pulmonaria   Lungwort
Pulsatilla vulgaris   Pasgueflower

Rhodotypos scandens   Jet black bead shrub
Rodgersia pinnata
Rosa    Roses Knock out red and pink, The Fairy rose, Easy Livin’, Julia Child, climbing roses and miniature roses

Rose of Sharon

Rudbeckia   Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan

Rubus ‘Arapaho’   Thornless blackberry
Sambucus    Elderberry canendensis and Black Lace
Scabiosa Scabious     pincushion flower
Scilla hyachinthinoides
Scotch moss
Sedum ‘Autumn joy’
Sisyrinchium    Blue-eyed grass common and ‘ Lucerne’
Stokesia laevis    Stoke’s aster
Stylophorum diphyllum    Wood poppy, Celandine poppy
Syringa   Lilacs
Tradescantia virginiana     spiderwort
Tricyrtis    Toad lily
Verbena Vervain   ‘Homestead purple’ and Verbena bonariensis
Veronica   Speedwell

Viburnum carlesii   Korean Spice Bush, V. plicatum ‘popcorn’ and others

Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy Flower

Vitex   Texas Lilac


Box Elder
Crab Apple
Cedar trees
Hickory nut trees
Oak tree
White Pine
Tulip Poplar
Sorrel Tree
Norway Spruce
sycamore trees
Sweet gum
Black Walnut
Weeping Willow

Hanging baskets with Impatiens walleriana double and single hanging on the side deck overlooking the wooded back yard. Also, sitting on the steps is another Rudbeckia’ Tiger Eye Gold” and a primrose, Primula Salvana, sits in a container.

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