1 When I planted this garden, I wanted the plants to be mixed, so every bed would be interesting and colorful. I recently added several of these large pretty arbors.
2 Phlox in bloom are hard to miss with their masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are these summer-blooming tall phlox and the creeping phlox variety that grows in spring.
3 Phlox is long-blooming, hardy, and often fragrant. They come in a range of heights from two to five feet, and produce huge billows of bloom in mid to late summer.
4 Phlox also comes in a range of colors from pure white to lavender to red, and grow happily in most parts of the country. If properly planted and sited, they are largely pest and disease free too - a perfect perennial!
5 Calendula has daisy-like bright orange or yellow flowers, and pale green leaves. Commonly called the pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, the calendula flower is historically used for medicinal and culinary purposes.
6 There are more than 700 different types of alliums in the world. They grow in almost any well-drained soil that's located where they can bask in full sunlight all day long.
7 Daucus carota, also known as Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot, is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. It has attractive, fern-like foliage and tall, hairy stems that hold a flattened cluster of tiny white flowers.
8 Queen Anne’s lace herb can reach heights of about one to four feet high and can bloom from spring into fall.
9 Many kinds of lilies bloom in my flower garden. 'Netty's Pride' has maroon purple stippling with ivory to white tips. It's a hardy, vigorous grower that can reach a height of 24-inches.
10 My collection of lilies is a combination of Oriental, Asiatic, trumpet, and Orienpet lilies. These exquisite lilies are extremely fragrant.
11 Lilies come in a variety of colors with multiple blooms per stem.
12 I love this creamy white variety, with just a hint of pink.
13 Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is a hardy perennial with fernlike leaves and colorful blooms. The large, flat-topped flower clusters are perfect for cutting and drying.
14 Yarrow is remarkably durable, tolerating dry spells and low soil fertility. Yarrows bloom from midsummer into fall in an array of colors including pink, salmon, yellow, and white.
15 Yarrow is versatile and looks great in a perennial border, sunny rock garden, or wildflower meadow.
16 Most yarrows grow two to four feet tall - I love how they look in large groups in the garden.
17 'Johnny Jump Ups' are a popular viola. They are native to Spain and the Pyrennes Mountains and are easy to grow. Small plants produce dainty, fragrant blooms - some in deep purple and yellow.
18 I have long loved snapdragons, Antirrhinum majus, and have many in the garden. Snapdragons are available in most colors except blue and co-ordinate or contrast with other garden bloomers.
19 These yellow snapdragon blooms are so sunny and bright, they stand out even from across the garden.
20 Snapdragons are known for wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, grouped closely together.
21 Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads. They bring delightful color to the garden in summer and autumn when many other blooms are fading.
22 Poppies produce open flowers that come in many colors from crimson red to pale pink. Poppies require very little care, whether they are sown from seed or planted when young - they just need full sun and well-drained soil.
23 Poppies are an attractive, easy to grow flower in both annual and perennial varieties, and they come in nearly every color of the rainbow.
24 Heliotrope is a plant of the borage family, cultivated for its fragrant purple or blue flowers, which are used in perfume.
25 The cup-shaped flax flower begins blooming in May and continues through September, producing abundant and dainty flowers.
26 These are purple coneflowers - bright perennials, easy to care for, and relatively drought-tolerant. Coneflowers are daisy-like with raised centers. The seeds found in the dried flower head also attract songbirds.
27 Campanula is one of several genera in the family Campanulaceae with the common name bellflower.
28 It takes both its common and its scientific name from its bell-shaped flowers - so pretty.
29 These are the strong, lavender plumes of Astilbe Amethyst, which has spread so nicely throughout the years.
31 Gardener's Supply carries a wide variety of supports for single or multiple stem plants. They are sturdy, polyethylene-coated steel supports with oval rings measuring about two-inches diameter to accommodate a range of stem sizes.
32 These Jardin half round plant supports are an effective way to tidy-up leaning plants and keep pathways open.
33 They are easy to use - just insert them into the soil.
34 I keep a good supply of these supports in the head house of my greenhouse.